The Adeje council, through the departments of health protection and equality politics (with councillors Amada Trujillo Bencomo and Carmen Lucía Rodríguez) have launched a series of workshops in the borough’s secondary schools dealing with bullying of all kinds.
The aim is to provide secondary school students with an awareness of sexual diversity and tools to aid in the prevention of school bullying, gender violence, homophobia, lesbophobia, trans phobia, sexual abuse, etc.
The councillors have said “one of the tools we need to eradicate phobias and discriminatory aggression of any kind is education. This is why we are continuing to offer these workshops in secondary schools because this is where the focus of the problem has been identified, and we have seen direct and indirect examples of this kind of bullying”.
In the first workshops students are being taught to help in the normalisation of sexual realities, in other words they are talking about how in the student body there will be people who are heterosexual, gay, lesbian, transsexual, bisexual, and that each and every person has a right to be open about their sexuality without fear of repercussions.
The students are encouraged to speak about the examples of intimidation, lack of respect, and ways in which people bully and can be stopped. The scourge of gender violence is also discussed – over 40 women have already lost their lives in Spain this year at the hands of a partner or ex-partner. Values of equality, problems with prejudice and sexual stereotyping are also being discussed.
The three workshops are taking place in the Los Olivos and the El Galeón secondary schools.
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