Song Yuanchun on February 3 received the title of Good Person in Jinhua (a city in East China's Zhejiang Province), for her contributions to mediating family disputes. Song previously received many national- and provincial-level titles.
Song, former office director of a labor-service company, established a dispute-mediation studio and a group of volunteer mediators after she retired, in April 2014.
In recent years, Jinhua Women's Federation has encouraged some experienced retired people to join the group of volunteers. They have helped many local people resolve marriage and family disputes.
The group has established township- and village-level teams of volunteers, as well as mediation stations across the city. Now, Jinhua has 3,258 teams of volunteers, 3,087 mediation centers and more than 10,000 volunteer mediators. As of November 2020, the mediators had screened 2,172 marriage and family disputes. A total of 2,080 disputes had been solved.
(Women of China English Monthly March 2021 issue)
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