Adeje mayor supports striking councillors

The symbolic women’s strike is on March 8th from 11am – 1pm,

The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, has signed a decree which will officially request the work of the female Adeje councillors be covered during the hours of 11am to 1pm on Thursday, March 8th, International Women’s Day. This is the manner in which the council normally replaces an official on holiday or on a break. This announcement is, in effect, an demonstration of his public support for the borough’s female councillors who will leave their offices during the hours in question.

The strike, which is also taking place in other countries, is called for March 8th, and women can either strike for the full working day or for a few hours. The mayor said, “I have always believed in equality between men and women. The level of inequality we have seen over the years has been, at times, difficult to uproot, but not impossible and I am firmly convinced that only by working together, women and men, can we achieve full and lasting equality. On this occasion many trade unions and women’s groups have called for this strike for women. The way we man can contribute is to take on the work of our colleagues on strike, as we have been asked to do, and that is what I am doing with this decree. It may be only a gesture but we hope one that will help make visible the need for many other men to be more aware of the need to work for equality, both in our professional and our personal lives”:

Yesterday the borough’s female councillors announced that they would all be taking part in the strike between the hours of 11am and 1pm, coming together with many other women in the town’s Plaza de España. At midday a manifestation will be read out.


The aim of the strike is to make people more aware of the work women do every day, that when they stop the world stops. The strike is also about the right to a life free from domestic violence, and requesting more resources to combat that particular scourge. It is also about combatting all forms of gender violence, breaking glass barriers in the world of work and insisting on equal pay for equal work.


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Calling Adeje’s creative women!


The Adeje council has opened registration for artists who wish to take part in the seventh Art Collective, Adeje Creative Women, which is run annually in parallel with events celebrating international women’s day in March.

Forms to apply for registration can be downloaded via, and must be submitted by February 19th. More information (in Spanish) can be requested by contacting the department of equality online,

“The idea is to continue to stress the importance of women in the arts today, working to increase their presence in art galleries and pay homage to all those who dedicated their lives to overcome discrimination and opposition”, commented the councillor for the politics of equality Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro. Last year 46 artists took part.

This year, again, the exhibition is open to professional as well as amateur painters in the Canary Islands, who can present works in a multitude of artistic disciplines – paint, sculpture, photography, graphic design, recordings, etc. Only one entry per artist will be accepted. The closing date for submissions is February 19th and the final selection will be made on the basis of quality, technique and originality, chosen by an expert tribunal made up of professionals from the art world. They will also chose an overall winning entry and the artist(s) will be given the option of an individual or group show in the Adeje Cultural Centre in 2019.

The collective will also produce a virtual catalogue of artists and their works and the event will be covered in the borough’s social networks and media.

More information and the full list of entry regulations can be found online,




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Breaking down barriers

Adeje council has a series of activities planned for the month of March focussing on the important role women play in all walks of life
To celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8th) the Adeje council has drawn up a busy programme of events all “contributing to the breaking down of the barriers that obstruct women achieving equality”, according to councillor Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro.

Among the main acts will be the awarding of the Abinque prize, to be celebrated on Saturday March 11th at 8pm in the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA), and the art exhibition “Mujeres Adeje-Creativa” featuring 50 women artists, which will open to the public in the Adeje Cultural Centre on March 8th.

The council will also mark the second anniversary of the establishment of the Adeje Equality council, an initiative which has brought women and men together on a consultative body whose aims include the empowerment of women and preventing inequality, as well as the removal of real obstacles to achieving equality.

During the month the council has also arranged a series of different cultural, education and leisure activities. During next week secondary school students will be attending workshops on professional diversity, there will be a theatre presentation by Zálatta Theatre Company about the work of female pioneers Marie Curie and Spanish equality activist Clara Campoamor and on Friday March 10th there is a screening of “La bicicleta verde” (The Green Bicycle) a film directed by Saudi Arabian Haifaa Al Mansour.

Check the full programme of events on line – you can download the complete programme from the council webpage, (scroll down to the bottom of the page in questions for the PDF version in English).
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International Women’s Day in Adeje



The council programme underlines the importance of health, family, art, literature and education
The recognition of the role of women in many aspects of daily life marks the series of events designed by the Adeje council in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, and in fact throughout the month of March. The department of equality has designed a programme which will also look at the issues of health, art, the family, education and literature and the role women play in all these fields.

“Our objective is that this year March 8th is not celebrated in isolation or is simply a single day’s commemoration of women in society, so we have, in recent years, organised a series of events that are focussed on the re-evaluation and recognition of the value of the part women play in all walks of life, today and in the past. Our hope is that as many men as women will participate in many of the acts planned throughout the month as all can benefit from the search for equality”, commented equality councillor Carmen Lucia Rodríguez del Toro,

The health-related activities are free and should be booked in advance and include a workshop on breathing by psychologist Berta Perez Gomez on March 3rd at 6pm, in the Adeje Cultural Centre, and a Spa visit on March 4th at 7pm.

On March 8th, the International Women’s Day celebrations will be marked by the inauguration of an art exhibition, Mujeres Adeje-Creativa (Adeje Women- Creativity) at 6pm, in the Adeje Cultural Centre, and this will be followed up with a talk by art historian Elisa Falcón Lisón looking at portraits as mirrors of women in art. That’s on March 10th, at 6pm, and is also free.

On Friday March 11th the Adeje council will present their annual Abinque prize, given to a woman or collective that have contributed to the advancement of women in Adeje, personally and/professionally. This will be followed by a dinner in the CDTCA, and tickets can be obtained in the Equality Departoment which is in the council office building next to the Post Office.

Families and in particular children will be the subject of a series of activities in the second half of the month and on March 16th Patricia Ojeda will give a workshop on motivating your children to improve learning skills and study efficiently. That’s at 6pm in the Cultural Centre and will be followed at 8pm by a theatre performance by the Tamaska company using the works of some of Spain’s most recognised authors to challenge the position of women in society and perceived social norms and order.

On March 20th in the Adeje Youth Centre there will be a homage to Canarian author Digna Palou and the month will conclude with a workshop on men and paternity given by Argelio González, the president of the Canarian Association of Men for Equality, on March 31st at 6pm in the Cultural Centre in Adeje. The series of events will end on April 2nd with a visit to Puerto de la Cruz .

All of the information and more is available on the Adeje webpage, or via App Adeje on Google Play or App store.

Adeje to create Municipal Equality Council


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Hundreds attended the Equality Assembly on March 8th: Adeje’s mayor promised their commitment to equality is long-term

Over 500 women took part in the I Women’s Equality Assembly held on International Women’s Day in the CDTCA, in Adeje. The culmination of the event was the constitution of a Municipal Equality Council which is charged to work alongside the borough’s public representatives to protect and promote equality principles as well as working to influence bodies outside in this area at insular, regional and national level where necessary.

The calling into being of this council is the result of many months of preparation by those in the council in all departments, from education to health, sports, culture, economic development, seniors and social welfare.

Representatives from a series of women’s groups and collectives and women from all parts of the borough of Adeje attended the Assembly event. These working groups had met a number of times in the months leading up to the event to discuss and examine where they saw a need for change or advancement to promote better equality for all. The working groups included women involved in sport, health matters, young women, LGBTI, the Muslim community and women from other countries, with women from England, Ireland, Poland, Russia, Germany, the Sahara, France, India, Romania, Venezuela and Colombia present.

Reading the declaration which was published in Spanish and English, into the record was Gloria Cabello, an Adeje businesswomen, who said that she hoped the day would come when there would be no need to celebrate International Women’s Day. The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga, thanked all those present and confirmed that the assembly was “another step in our commitment to Adeje society to ensure that it is a fairer one, where everyone has the same opportunities.” He added that the day’s events were not a ‘one-off’ nor the end of a process, but part of the ongoing work which won’t stop till the goals are reached.

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“Our promise is to support a progressive society of peace, equality and harmonious co-existence”, said the mayor. “Every day we are made aware that in the world we are still far away from the day when all women have the rights they are entitled to…”

The event ended with a Zumba master class with Patricia Chiquiar.

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Adeje to create Municipal Equality Council

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The event will take place in the Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development on International Women’s Day with representatives from all over the borough

This Sunday will see the culmination of the work of the local Department of Equality with the celebration of the Adeje’s Women’s Equality Assembly in the Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development, the CDTCA, with the participation of groups representing the many thousands of women who live in the borough.

Since the end of 2014 the councillor for equality, Desiderio Afonso and colleagues have been working to créate an event that will bring together the women and men of Adeje who are concerned about equality issues. At the end of January 10 distinct working groups were formed representing all the women of the borough, and they have met in February to discuss matters of mutual interest. Other members of the council have also been playing a key role in the development of the idea and the advancement of the groups with councillors from the departments of education, culture, economic development and employment involved. The groups have been formed to reflect the diversity of women in the borough, and includes women in sport, rural women, older women, young women, women in culture, LGTB activists, and women born in other countries, with representatives from this group from England, Rumania, Russia, India, Venezuela, Colombia, and Ireland.

Each group was charged with developing ten proposals that would reflect the main concerns of each group, priorities or questions that are not solely directed at the council, but at other public administrative bodies as well. Over 200 women took part in these initial sessions.

All the proposals have been catalogued in a single document under the title “Mujeres para la igualdad. Construyamos el Adeje del futuro en igualdad” (Women for equality. We will build an Adeje of the future based on equality), and will be presented to the assembly on Sunday, and to the borough in general and form the basis for the development of an Municipal Equality Council. Once established the council will meet on a regular basis to examine proposals, bring them to the attention of the council and other bodies and pursue relevant actions.

The day begins at 10am with events scheduled until 1.30pm. Journalist Puchi Mendez will preside over the Assembly which will hear the different proposals read and invite interventions from representatives of each of the participating groups.

Following the formal proceedings there will be a Zumba masterclass with Patricia Chiquiar.
Organisers are hoping that over 1,000 will attend the event. There will be free busses from different parts of the borough to the CDTCA as well as parallel events for smaller children who are accompanying adults to attend the main event.

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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.

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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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Happy International Women’s Day

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For all women, and for all men who don’t labour under the ridiculous notion that one gender is somehow superior to another, Happy International Women’s Day.

This is a day that we shouldn’t have to mark or celebrate, and as women we will celebrate the day when it is no more, where there is no need to remember the inequalities that exist in the world of work, in the home, in the world of politics and sport, in the western world the eastern world, the developed and underdeveloped world.  But until then lets celebrate the intiatives that are taking place, the emphasis here in Adeje, for example, on promoting all sports  and activities for all, be it boxing, football, ballet, swimming, or rugby; and the ongoing declaration that there is no place for any form of discrimination anywhere in our society and that all must be treated equally regardless of race, sexual orientation, colour, creed or physical challenges.  After all, equality is for everyone.

If you haven’t done so already, get your ticket for the Gala dinner tonight in the Adeje Rte El Mirador del Galeón (CDTCA), which includes the presentation of this year’s Abinque prize which is going to the team at the Escuela Infantile Niño de Adeje. The evening begins at 8.30, tickets are €15 each, and there are still a few left at the Adeje Cultural Centre.

International Women’s Day Events

One of the posters for International Women's Day - You Decide What You Want To Be

One of the posters for International Women’s Day – You Decide What You Want To Be



International Women’s Day


Chronology of Events

(Talks, debates and workshops will be conducted in Spanish)


Friday 01 March .

Talk – Debate: Get positive: Ways to develop your life. 

Time: 18.00 to 20.00 

Moderator: Carlos López Melo (clinical psychologist). 

Place: Adeje Cultural Centre.


Thursday 7 March .

Art as therapy workshop.  Artistic expression through recycling.

Time: 18:00 a 20:00 h.

Tutor: Sandra Hoyos (teacher).

Place: Adeje Cultural Centre.

Advance registration. Open to women and men. Places limited. .

Followed by: Inauguration of the Collective Art Exhibition:

Mujeres Adejecreativa , in collaboration with the Adeje School of Music,

Place: Adeje Cultural Centre, 7 – 25 March


Friday 8 March: 

International Women’s Day.

Time: 20.00 h. Gala evening, presentation of the Abiunque prize and International Women’s Day dinner

Place: Salón Mirador del Galeón (CDTCA)

Tickets on sale at the Adeje Cultural Centre.


Tuesday 12 March:

Talk – workshop: self-care for women – the road to good health

Time: 18:00 a 20:00 

Moderator Patricia G Ojeda (subject expert)

Place: Adeje Cultural Centre.


Thursday 14 March:

Talk – Formative: The female nude:  women in art, women as artists

Time:18.00 a 20.00h

Moderator: Elisa Falcón Lisón (qualified art historian).

Place: Adeje Cultural Centre, open to women and men


Friday 22 March:

Talk – Debate: Let’s start again: how to overcome unwanted changes (divorce, death, a change in employment status…)

Time:18:00 a 20:00 h.

Moderator: Carlos López Melo (clinical psychologist).

Place: Adeje Cultural Centre, open to women and men


Saturday 23 March:

Feminine discovery: Excursion: A stroll through the history of the women of Puerto de la Cruz.  Places with perspective. 

Advance registration.  Open to women and men. Places limited.