Families have always taken innumerable shapes and sizes in our society. And while we have all grown up knowing different types of family, unfortunately, not all are treated equally.
A few years ago I was moderator in a conference called The fairytale story of family diversity organised by the Spanish association UNAF. That conference looked at the multiple family models that are now a fact of life: single parent families, recomposed families, lgbt families, transnational families,… among others.
Family diversity is an undeniable reality today but is also evident throughout the history of humanity and even through fairytale’s stories. The fairy tales are often featured by non-traditional families as for example: Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood (belonging to single-parent families) or Cinderella and Snow White, whose families were recomposed… in reality there are many examples!
Today, transitions between family models during a person’s life are more and more frequent, reflecting entrenched gender inequalities in the family and greater freedom of self-determination.
One of the conclusions reached by the meeting was that while “reasonable” equality for families has been achieved in justice and education, inequalities remain and may even be getting worse in extreme cases since the onset of the crisis, which effectively “fosters family diversity”.
Traditional, single parent, recomposed, adoptive, lgtb, transnational… what makes a family is not the set-up but the warmth and quality of its members’ relations. ❤︎
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