“We would rather not have to be here every November 25th but sadly we still have to solve this problem…” Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga
Adeje marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with a series of events involving the members of the Adeje public with special attention on the young people. At midday in the Plaza de España there was a reading of an official manifesto against domestic violence in the presence of secondary students from the two public secondary schools in the borough and sixth class students from the Adeje Casco primary school. The children also wrote messages of support. Accompanying the Adeje mayor were councillors and council staff. Following the reading of the manifesto there was a minute’s silence.
The mayor said that “we don’t want a world where men kill women – but we have a society that is sick and wounded. No violent death is justified, and this kind of violence is sad and repugnant and we must continue to do all we can to put a stop to it. Speaking to the hundreds of students in the plaza he said, “we would rather not have to be here every November 25th, but sadly we still have to solve this problem and the message has to come from our young people, who have to work for a world that is more just, more equal, where men and women respect each other and share their lives without violence, in freedom, responsibly”.
The borough also hosts an annual short story competition with entries from the three secondary schools and this year the winners were all from the Costa Adeje International College: Silvia González Sierra, Lisa Gaudioso and Alejandro Ferrer with a special mention for Alba Quintero Guerrero. The Adeje councillor for equality Carmen Lucia Rodríguez said it was “very important that our young people are aware of the problem and unfortunately we are seeing cases of control in relationships and love badly understood among adolescents. So we hope these kind of initiatives will help open the eyes of our young people”. The prizes were presented on Friday afternoon as part of the day’s activities.
Students of IES Adeje were the winners in the group art competition, with which the council is both promoting awareness of the issue and creativity among students. Winning students were Valeria Méndez Carlos, Águeda Quintero Rivero and Paula Siverio Herrera, Paola F. Blas Selas, Cristina Esquivel García and Natalia Llamas Ciruelo and Imane El Hejri Azaui and Oriana Fernández Fernández . The council give special mention to Ana Sofía Pastor González, Francisco Hernández Cairós, Álvaro Hernández Herrera, Miguel Arzalluz Otaño, Elijah Faulconbridge Ojeda, Kristina Serdyuchenko, Asheley de los Ángeles Vargas García and Alba María Fumero Alayón.
The council also launched a video today using the song Elle by Bebe, sung by local student Katy Castro with Luis del Amo. Members of the Adeje public, police, civil guards, fire-fighters, doctors and nurses, and other collectives took part and the video is also subtitled in other languages.
Throughout the year the council offers help to anyone who needs assistance or help in dealing with domestic and gender violence. On offer are psychological assessments, practical help for victims, police and legal assistance, etc.
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