Abinque for Equality Council

On March 9th, at a Gala event in the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA), the XV Abinque Adeje Women’s prize will be awarded to the Adeje Equality Council, a collective made up of women representative different sectors and cultures in Adeje working for a fairer and more equal society. With this recognition the council is recognising the work of this collective in raising awareness of inequalities and fighting to defend the right to equal treatment and social justice.

The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, “the equality council is a body which, in the three years since its creation, has welcomed in people who are working to empower women, to prevent inequalities and to eliminate obstacles that impede the evolution of a real equality between women and men.”

This is the 15th year the Abinque has been awarded. It coincides with events celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th, and is awarded in recognition of the work and contribution of a woman or group of women to the life and local development of the borough of Adeje. Previous winners have included body board world champion Alexandra Rinder, Walk for Life founder Brigitte Gypen, and many more.

On being told of the news of their award, a council representative said that “this recognition of our work is a sign we are meeting the challenge of creating a visible participatory tool for Adeje women and men with direct relevance to political and social decisions being taken. We hope to become a permanent forum for opinion and social movement, benefiting equality of opportunities between women and men”.

The Gala dinner celebrating the prize will be on the evening of March 9th and tickets are on sale at the Adeje department of equality. The event is open to women and men.

Since its inception in 2015 the Equality Council has been active on many fronts locally, regionally and nationally and involved in organising many events in particular demonstrations against gender violence and using the new memorial Plaza Pedro Zerolo for the purpose of public assemblies in this regard. The body has also been working with education project in school centres in the borough, helping students with issues such as gender violence, bullying, lgbt-phobias, etc.

International Women’s Day Programme of Events
Thursday 1 March
6pm: Cinema and world café. ’50 Primaveras’, Adeje Cultural Centre. No charge.

Friday 2 March
7pm. Inauguration of the Art Collective “Mujeres Adeje-Creative” Exhibition space, Adeje Cultural Centre
8.30pm: Theatre, ‘Raíces Cortadas’, Adeje Cultural Centre, No charge.

Thursday 8 March
International Women’s Day. 12 noon, reading of equality manifesto on the steps of the Town Hall.

Friday 9 March
8pm: XV Gala Dinner and awarding of the Abinque prize, Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA)

Saturday 10 March
11am. Meeting with representatives from Garachico, Buenavista, Los Silos, guided tour of Adeje town.

Thursday 15 March
Workshop, ‘Tardes para ti’. Adeje Cultural Centre

Friday 16 March
8pm: Cinema, ‘Figuras Ocultas. Adeje Cultural Centre. No charge

Saturday 10 March
Congress of Erotic Literature, with Megan Maxwell, Adeje Cultural Centre



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Adeje Women’s prize winner, Ángeles Nieves Garcia Rodríguez

On Saturday March 11th Adeje council will award the XIV 2017 Abinque prize to cheese maker Ángeles Nieves Garcia Rodríguez, who is also the joint owner of the award winning dairy Quesería Artesanal Montesdeoca. The award is also seen as a homage to rural businesswomen throughout Adeje who, like Ángeles, are building the future of the borough.

Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga comments, “One of the pillars of the history of Adeje is our agriculture, and the huge implication of women in its development. This prize recognises the many years of work of Ángeles Nieves Garcia Rodríguez, synonymous with the respect we have for all the women who work in rural settings, farming as well as caring for home and family”.

“Being awarded this prize by Adeje is a huge honor for me. I was also made feel so welcome by everyone here and am delighted to accept this on behalf of all the women in the field. The Abinque means a lot as it is the first time my work has been recognised in this way. I wasn’t expecting this and there are many other women out there just as deserving”, said Ángeles Nieves Garcia Rodríguez on hearing of her selection as this year’s winner.
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Originally from La Palma, she came to live in Adeje over 20 years ago and with her family set up a company that has become one of the most valued in the sector. The Quesería Artesanal Montesdeoca , in Tijoco, has a host of national and international prizes to its name today, including top awards at the World Cheese Awards every year from 2010 to 2015 . The dairy was also granted the Tenerife Cabildo Rural Award in 2015 for being “An innovate and sustainable rural business innovation”.

Ángeles says her interest in cheese making was from an early age, “learnng the basics from my family and neighbours who made their own cheeses”. Today people can buy the cheeses at the Adeje Famers Market on Saturdays and Sundays, (8am – 1.30pm) and Wednesdays (3pm -7pm).
The Abinque prize is awarded annually, to coincide with events celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th, recognising the work and contribution of a woman or group of women to the life and local development of the borough of Adeje. Previous winners have included body board world champion Alexandra Rinder, Walk for Life founder Brigitte Gypen, the oldest women in the borough, the women who were the main workforce in the tomato and banana packaging sector, and many more.
“Only with you, the women of Adeje, can we achieve proper equality for all in acknowledging the work and value of women’s work, which, throughout history, has not received the recognition it deserves”, added the mayor.
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Alexandra’s Abinque


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The award was presented by the Canarian vice-president and mayor of Adeje 

The Canarian government vice-president, Patricia Hernández, and the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, presentented Alexandra Rinder with the borough’s annual Abinque prize at a ceremony in the CDTCA last night. The award ceremony was followed by the annual women’s dinner, attended by over 200 persons, organised by the department of equality.

Alexandra Rinder is a two-times world champion in body boarding and the youngest person to win the Abinque in the history of the award. Patricia Hernández underlined the importance of the increased presence of women in sport, and the visibility of “our champions. Tonight we are celebrating two things; those who have trodden this path before us, the women who opened the way for us, and let’s not forget that there is still some way to go before women and men are on an equal footing, and we also celebrate the women who have paved the way in sport, who have been to the fore”.

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The government vice-president said she was “delighted to be able to present this prize to the youngest ever to win the world title in the sport, and who has become a role model for young people. I feel so lucky to know young people like Alexandra who take on challenges, ride enormous waves in the same way that many overcome the enormous waves of sexism that still exist in the world of sport and in the world of surfing and bodyboarding.”

The mayor of Adeje said “equality between the sexes is something that matters to all of us, and is vitally important for the health of our communal co-existence. We are also aware that there is still a long way to go. There are many kinds of inequalities that need to be addressed, in a world where too often inequalities block personal development”. Regarding the winner, the mayor said she was an example of what can be achieved with strength of purpose, that dreams could become true. “The most important thing we have in this borough”, he continued, “isn’t that we have the best hotels or the best tourist destination, but our people, people such as Alexandra, who are changing the world. She is an example of then new Adeje person, who has actively contributed to our community today, with so many different nationalities, cultures and ways of life existing in harmony”.
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Prizewinner Alexandra Rinder, said she was “really proud to receive this award.” She thanked the Adeje council for having stood by her from the start of her career, believing in her from the time she rode her first waves in La Caleta. She added that it was important to remember that given that had been considered a minority sport but is now growing in statue thanks to the support of the borough. She also thanked her sponsors, her family and those who always believed in her, who give her the help she needed to realise her dreams. “There was always a lot of work, or tears and stress, but a lot of happiness too on a journey which has allowed me get to know different cultures, countries and people from all over the world, although nothing compares with coming home, coming back to Adeje, because I know my people are here”.

Alexandra Rinder is now the youngest person to have been awarded the Abinque prize. At the age of 16, when she won her first world title in bodyboarding she was also the youngest person to ever take the overall title, which she has now won twice as well as being the second Canarian to have taken the women’s title. In a sport generally considered the preserve of men, she has broken many barriers here and abroad and has also become an unofficial ambassador for Costa Adeje internationally particularly in the world of water sports.

Alexandra, Adeje’s woman of the year



The world champion surfer has become a role model for young people

The Adeje council have just announced that the winner of this year’s Abinque prize, will be sporting champion Alexandra Rinder, twice body boarding world champion and the youngest woman in the history of the award to win the prize. The Adeje mayor said, “With this award we are reflecting an important segment of our identity. Recognising women, individuals and associations who, by example and action, are continuing the fight for genuine equality between men and women, to whom we extend our gratitude and admiration”.

The award ceremony for this, the 13th Abinque Prize, will take place at the traditional gala dinner on Friday March 11th from 8pm in the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre, (CDTCA). To reserve/buy tickets people can phone the department of equality, 922.756.244 or call into the Adeje Cultural Centre, the Adeje Los Olivos Disabled Centre or the municipal Creche.

Speaking about this year’s winner, Alexandra Rinder, the mayor said, she “belongs to the constellation of Adeje youth who, in recent years, have been successful in different disciplines such as sport, literature and music. Alexandra has those qualities which we value – talent, a work ethic, strength, dedication and consistency. She is a reference point for young people who see in her someone worth imitating, not just for her world titles but for her discipline and determination to follow her dreams”. Coincidentally the prize is being awarded as the Adeje sports department are launching their equality campaign for sport free from gender barriers.

Alexandra has been overall body board world champion twice and was also the second Canarian to win the female title at international level. When she was 16 she was also the youngest holder of the world title making history within the sport. She has broken gender barriers within the sport and opened doors for future generations of young women in sport.


The Adeje council works to support people in all walks of life, from sport to literature and music. Furthermore the council has always been willing to invest in individuals from the borough to help them compete and advance their sporting careers internationally.

In the case of Alexandra Rinder, this young Adejera, with German roots, has become something of an international ambassador for Costa Adeje in the world of sport.

The Abinque Prize

The Abinque Prize was first awarded in 2004 and is given to a woman or collective that has contributed to the advancement of women in Adeje, personally and/professionally and to the advancement of real equality between men and women.

Previous winners have included Brigitte Gypen, the founder of the Walk for Life breast cancer movement, the collective group of women who clean the public schools and installations, hospital visitors, the founder of one of the town’s most respected crèches and the borough’s tomato and banana packers. Last year the winners were the oldest women in the borough who have helped bring the people of Adeje into the 21st century.

Adeje Marks International Women’s Day

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Last weekend the Adeje Council presented the XI Abinque prize to Brigitte Gypen in recognition of her work as founder and organiser of The Walk for Life/Carrera por la Vida

Last weekend the Adeje Council marked International Women’s Day with a number of different events, including the awarding of the Abinque Prize which went to Walk for Life organiser Brigitte Gypen. The award was made at a special gala dinner in the presence of 250 people.

The Mayor of Adeje José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, congratulated the winner and paid tribute to her work over the years which have had such a positive affect on the local population. He said “to continue the march towards a society that is equal it is important to recognise the work of people who contribute to the betterment of our society. In the case of Brigitte Gypen we have a woman who is a defender of humanitarian work, and who helps women suffering from breast cancer and their families.”

Rodríguez Fraga continues, “we celebrate International Women’s Day, and we too, the men among us, must also be involved in this initiative because in the fight for equality everyone, men and women alike, have to put their shoulder to the wheel”. The mayor of Adeje also congratulated the work of the department of Equality and councillor, Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz.

For her part Brigitte Gypen said she was “delighted with prize which was, she said, an incentive to continue the work and the fight against breast cancer. This project was born out of a desire to help all those who have this disease..we want to ensure that they don’t feel alone in their fight.”

She added, “our main aim is to continue to increase early detection, encourage improved investigation, raise awareness among the general population that this disease knows no class, creed or colour boundaries and of course all the help we get is welcome”. She ended her acceptance speech by reminding people that this year will be the tenth Walk for Life and said they were preparing a very special event indeed.

The Adeje School of Music were also involved in this year’s ceremony, as one of their students, the young singer Luke Towler, surprised Brigitte Gypen with a live rendition of Walk for Life, the song he wrote that is now the anthem of the movement, much to the delight of the award winner, Luke’s mother Julie who was at the gala dinner and is herself a breast cancer survivor, and the audience in general. There was also an audio-visual presentation early in the evening which paid tribute to the work of Brigitte and all the individuals and organisations who have helped the Walk for Life become the event it is today.

Mujeres Adeje Creativa
There were other events taking place to mark International Women’s Day, one of which was the “Mujeres Adeje Creativa” collective, which brought together over one hundred female artists who came from all over the island – La Orotava, Santa Cruz, La Laguna, Granadilla, San Miguel, Santiago del Teide, Arona, Guía de Isora and of course Adeje. Students from the Adeje art courses organised annually by the Adeje People’s University also took part as well as students from the Los Olivos occupational centre.

The exhibition, on show in the Adeje cultural centre until March 26th, displays works in a number of disciples, painting, sculpture, wood, materials, crafts, photography, etc. The centre is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 8am to 9pm and entry to the exhibition is free.

The centre also hosted a talk on ‘Women in art by women’ given by art historian Elisa Falcón Lisón, looking at the central place of women in art over the different periods.

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