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Gender equality in the practice of family mediation
The institution of family mediation has been here for several decades. Recently, the gender consciousness of family mediators has attracted extensive attention because of the advocacy of many non-governmental organizations and scholars. Since family disputes usually involve the couple and their family members, family mediator, as the neutral third party, may adopt different strategies to help parties due to the gender difference. If the family mediator has an unfair attitude towards gender equality, the rights of one party may be violated during the family mediation. Therefore, the main purpose of this research is to explore how family mediators deal with the cases regarding gender issue and how they realize gender equality in Taiwan Taipei District Court and Taiwan Yilan District Court. In order to gain knowledge of how family mediation is achieved, the researcher firstly observes one mediator deal with eight cases of family mediation in Taiwan Taipei District Court. In addition, the issue of gender equality in family mediation is investigated by depth interview method for seven family mediators, including three from the background of social work, two from counseling psychology, and others. According to the results of interview, when the conflict of both parties is more serious and complicated, family mediation will become more difficult. In the process of family mediation, family mediators need to have enough understanding of gender equality, give both parties the opportunities to speak out, and use individual meeting appropriately to realize neutralism and equality. Five issues are further discussed in the present study: 1) gender roles; 2) couple's sexual life; 3) family dispute; 4) interests of the child; 5) distribution of matrimonial property. The research found that family mediators show different extents of gender consciousness when dealing with different family dispute issues. In the cases which involve the issues of gender roles, couple's sexual life, and distribution of matrimonial property, the family mediators tend to show the awareness of gender equality. By contrast, in dealing with the issues of family dispute and the interests of the child, some family mediators may be influenced by the traditional concept of patriarchy and biological determinism, and therefore express unequal gender consciousness. On the other hand, in terms of the backgrounds of these family mediators, family mediators from social worker generally have a better concept of gender equality, understand the social influence on gender roles, and hence can take both parties’ situation into consideration. Other family mediators vary from different degrees of flexibility toward gender equality, and some are influenced by the concept of patriarchy in different cases. At last, it is suggested that the training process of family mediation can incorporate diverse gender issues in the future.
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