‘Invisible’ women with special needs


Yesterday the Tenerife Cabildo was in Adeje to co-launch the Magarza Sur project, an initiative to empower and enhance the personal development and social inclusion potential of women with disabilities.
The project is driven by an organisation called CoordiCanarias, who assist people with physical challenges, as well as Sinpromi (a Tenerife organisation established to protect the rights of those with special needs), the councils of Adeje and Arafo, and Hey!Participa. According to the Cabildo equality councillor Estefanía Castro, similar projects in La Laguna and Santa Cruz were successful and now “we are bringing the activities to the south to meet an existing need for women with ‘functional diversity’ outside the municipal zones”, in particular because in many cases “disabled women are considered invisible”, she said.


The Adeje equality politics councillor, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez spoke of the double discrimination suffered by women who have special needs and the challenge and the obligation for public bodies was to do all they could to “ensure a society that was equal and just for all.”
Arafo’s social services councillor, Natacha Afonso, invited other boroughs to get involved and Sinpromi’s Dulce Torres said now was the time “to break down stereotypes and prejudices”.
Equality of opportunities is very important for women with special needs as they have been proven to suffer more and increased discrimination in terms of education, employment opportunities and are more susceptible to violence and abuse. The objective of the project is not simply to highlight the reality of the situation of women in this situation but also reduce discriminations and assist in personal development and self-esteem.

Rural women recognition

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Adeje is to host the VIII Tenerife Rural Women’s meeting on October 13th in the Adeje CDTCA (Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development). Starting at 10am the event will be presented by the councillors for the environment Esther Rivero Vargas and the councillor for equality Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro.

“We are underlining the valuable contribution women are making in farming and rural work, not an easy choice, and it is precisely with them in mind that we celebrate International Rural Women’s Day, which is every October 15th, as agreed unanimously at the last council meeting”, said the councillors.

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“These days it is increasingly common to see women leading the farm decision making and work, and between 20-30 % of agricultural concerns are headed up by women.
Given this data, it is only correct that the work of these women, who are playing a fundamental role in sustainability in our society, is recognised, as they are also making progress in a sector that traditionally treated women unequally.”

In the Canaries the Rural Development Programme (2014-2020) gives special attention to women in farms and the island have also introduced ‘Reticom’, a shared ownership registry which gives women shared rights and grants in the farm. Both of these initiatives are working to promote business women and equality in agricultural settings.

The event is directed in particular at rural women based in South Tenerife. Anyone interested in taking part can sign up by phoning the Agricultural section in Guía de Isora (922 447 925). The conference will include talks from experts in the field, tastings, a declaration for International Rural Women’s Day and a visit to an Adeje diary..