C China Includes Family Counseling into List of Official Public Services

November 14, 2016
Editor: Jane Wang

The local government in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, has added family consultation and reconciliation advice into its main catalog of public services, according to a recent women's federation announcement.

Since 2015, around 20,000 family dispute cases have been handled by women's federations across the province, and grassroots officials have played an active role in calling on local volunteers to contribute their efforts to help.

Meanwhile, activities to promote the law in terms of family education have been organized, aimed at providing legal assistance and psychological consultation to the wider female population.

Grassroots women's federations have also worked in cooperation with the Hubei judicial administration department and the civil affairs department, as well as other related functional departments, to effectively deal with such disputes, officials added.

Wuhan Women's Federation has offered financial support to urge grassroots federations to sign up agreements with local social organizations to improve public services and protect individuals' rights.

Statistics indicate, for example, that Wuhan's marriage and family institute has helped Qiaokou Women's Federation deal with over 80 family disputes and has provided more than 300 psychological consultation courses for each of the past few years.

The methods of mobilizing more people from different segments of society to get involved in helping solve family issues not only help women's federations work effectively but also enhance the protection of women's interests, officials maintained.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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