When teen relationships turn violent!

The goal is that these young people will become a reference point within their own communities

One of the free complementary courses during Adeje Summer University is for young people aged between 14 – 30 who live in the borough, and who are interested in become community volunteers in combatting gender violence, particularly among their peers.

The course has been run in the Adeje youth centre and is the second time the council have organised this form of training, with a high satisfaction rating among the participants. Previously 13 young people took part and the training is given by members of the ‘Federacion de Asociaciones de Mujers Arena y Laurisilva’, who have been working in the area of equality and gender violence prevention for over 20 years.

The reasoning behind the course, according to the councillor for equality Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro, is “to continue with the basic training when the school term starts, developing a series of awareness-raising workshops in the borough’s secondary schools.  We believe it is fundamental that our young people are involved in training and awareness regarding this subject matter”.

The goal is that these young people will become a reference point within their own communities and share values of equality and the benefits of relationships based on social equality, and help any woman who needs to escape from a situation where she is suffering gender violence.  Students are also learning about the laws that apply to gender violence, the myths that society may perpetuate, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeje launches diversity campaign

 

“inVISIBLE, Adeje + Diversity” will work to make people more open to contributing to the visibility of the LGBTI community

The Adeje council’s department of equality, presided over by councillor Carmen Lucia Rodríguez del Toro, has launched a campaign to help the LGBTI community increase their visibility called “inVISIBLE, Adeje + Diversity”.

“We are launching this campaign in parallel with the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia (May 17th), and we join with our LGBIT bothers and sisters in the defence of their rights and freedoms, and the right of everyone to be open about their sexuality and gender identity”, said the councillor.

There is a varied programme of activities which began at the beginning of May with consciousness awareness workshops in secondary schools in the borough. This week the Adeje health centre personnel have been taking part in a training course on sexual diversity organised by the Adeje department of health protection. There is also a family-orientated workshop on sexual diversity within families and a series of self-defence classes for the LGBTI population in the Las Torres pavilion.

Tomorrow, May 17th, the boroughs that form part of the Tenerife South collective will come together to commemorate the internationally recognised day, and a manifesto will be read on the steps of the Town Hall.

There are also talks and workshops for young people on transexuality on May 18th looking at the day-to-day realities facing this collective, a focus the LGTB federation have specifically requested this year. This will be in Adeje Cultural Centre from 10.30am for secondary school students from the borough. Friday’s activities finish with a free theatrical presentation, ‘Federico & Salvador. Los horas oscuras y dorados’ by Insolaría Teatro.

On Sunday May 27th there will be a LGBTI Pride 2018 parade event with a stop at the Plaza Pedro Zerolo. The parade will go from the Avenida Rafael Puig through Las Amerícas to Adeje town, through the town and onto Guía de Isora.

On Thursday June 7th the ‘Tardes por ti’ programme will host a workshop on orientation and identification, and finally on Monday June 18th there will be a showing of the film XXI.

 

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Odour-free La Caleta!

La Caleta has a new rubbish collection system

La Caleta, in Adeje, now has a new modern rubbish disposal system, unique to Adeje, which is an electric compactor system for organic waste. “With this initiative the council is responding to local needs to improve waste collection in the area where there are a lot of residents and tourists and a high concentration of restaurants”, said the councillor in charge of municipal services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera.

Representatives of the council, including the councillor for the area Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro and a representative of the municipal sanitation company UTE Ascan Torrabonaf, presented the plan to the La Caleta residents association, introducing what is a new and modern collection system for organic waste as well as new recycling waste containers.

The compactor has a capacity of 14m2, or 14,000 litre, and can be used 24 hours a day, with a hydraulic opening and closing mechanism that will greatly reduce odours in the zone. “With the new system the neighbourhood of La Caleta will see its waste management improve and overall the collection will be more efficient” assured the councillor. She said the new compact containers were the equivalent of 40 of the old waste containers, and the council had acquired a specific area for their installation chosen to avoid problems for residents.

During the week representatives from the UTE Ascan Torrabonaf service have been down in La Caleta to explain the new system to residents and restaurant owners. The council is also happy to offer recycling courses for any establishment that would be interested.

Use of the new containers should be done by following the instructions on the information panels. By pressing button on the panel the tray for depositing waste bags will be accessed, place the bag in the appropriate area and close the tray to allow the machine to begin the automatic compacting operation.

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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 www.adeje.es, and must be submitted by February 19th. More information (in Spanish) can be requested by contacting the department of equality online, igualdad@adeje.es.

“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, www.adeje.es-.

 

 

 

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Adeje’s young writers commit to equality

The winners of the Adeje secondary school short story competition commemorating International Day Against Violence Against Women were named last night

“Gender violence is a scourge which must be eradicated, root and branch” was the overriding sentiment voiced at last night’s event to mark the winners of the Adeje short story competition for the borough’s secondary school students. The night also awarded artists who concentrated on the theme of good treatment practices. Both events are designed to raise awareness among young people of equality and respect among the sexes and genders.

“Sadly the statistics are horrifying with an average of 50 women killed as a result of gender violence annually, and over 700,000 reports of violence and abuse. That means we have over 700,000 abusers in our society too”, commented the councillor for equality policies, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro. She reported that just a number of hours prior to last night’s event another women had lost her life bringing the number to 45 in 2017. “Unfortunately this is only the tip of the iceberg, and is an indication of the kind of suffering many thousands of women are enduring day after day, to often in silence, without the means to escape”.

This is why, the councillor explained, “The Adeje council work to sow the seeds of change to overcome this problem. Because this is a job for all social agencies, to work to prevent and to care for those women who are suffering as a result of gender violence. We mustn’t forget that the children in families are suffering too. So our work must be in training, awareness raising events and activities in our education centres, workshops and more such as this short story competition, concentrating on the issue of gender violence, and the art competition on good treatment practices. What we want is that students think about the theme and put into words and colours and shapes what they are feeling and thinking. After all they are the future of our society”.

The short story jury commented that the level of participation was one of the highest since the competition began. First prize went to Corina Linarea Quinteros, second place was for Nicole Almeda Ehemann, and third place went to Agustina Kasperskas. All three are 4th year students in IES El Galeón secondary school.

In the art competition, the winners were judged on relevance to the theme, originality, artistic quality, technique and sensitivity. There were a number of winners – Paola Blas, Lilia Piva and Natalia Llamas (IES Adeje) for “Amar te duele”, the work “Freedom” by Anna Sosina and Paola C. Tunarosa, from the Costa Adeje school was second and third prize was for “Speak your mind” by Rafael Hernández Pérez, also from the Costa Adeje school.

 

 

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Students, gender and stereo-typing

 

The Adeje councillors for equality and youth, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro and Zebenzui Chinea Linares, organised an event yesterday (Thursday) for over 400 3rd and 4th year secondary school students from the borough, as part of events leading up to International Day Against Violence Against Women on November 25th. This was a video-forum where the students had the opportunity to debate relevant concepts already discussed in class, resolve doubts and suggest ways in which things could be improved in the area of gender equality.

Using audio-visual supports in the Adeje cultural centre, the students were able to explore issues of gender violence in its many forms and how to identify it and deal with it. They also discussed myths and stereotypes associated with gender violence and gender identification as well as romantic relationships.

 

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Pick equality, think differently

Adeje has joined the  campaign against gender violence

Adeje’s department of equality politics, presided over by councillor Carmen Lucía Rodríguez, has added its support to the Canarian Equality campaign to counter domestic and gender violence.  The campaign slogan (translated) is “If you don’t think like him, REACT. Pick equality”, with the aim of reinforcing relationships built on equality and mutual respect between men and women, as well as underlining the reality of alternative forms of masculinity built on equality, promoting peaceful conflict resolution, rejecting domination and control as acceptable forms of behaviour in interpersonal relationships, and the benefits of a relationship built and based on equality between the sexes.
“We are delighted to support the campaign of the Canarian Equality Institute as the message they are transmitting is also our message”, said the councillor, adding that what was important was to stress that the campaign was combatting all forms of machismo.


The equality department is also running a series of events over the next week in the lead up to November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  Included is a literacy course for women in the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA) from November 20th to December 1st, an art exhibition in the Cultural Centre from November 20th to 28th, a series of events and films for secondary school students, and next Friday, November 24th, a reading of the council’s manifesto against gender violence and a minute’s silence on the steps of the Town Hall in memory of all those who have died as a result of this kind behaviour.   Secondary school students who have taken part in the annual short story competition on the theme will also find out who has won the main prize.
Other related activities include an ‘intergenerational’ walk from Ifonche to La Quinta, and related workshops.

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The right to be different!

 

Equal under the law, different by right
Today, June 28th, Adeje has joined in the celebrations to mark International LGBIT Rights Day, as part of the months’ long Pride celebrations all over the world. A rights manifesto was co-published with the Asociación Algarabía, which, among other things, stated as a fundamental premise the rights granted to any individual regardless of her or his sexual orientation or gender identification; “Equal under the law and different by right”.


Early on the morning of Saturday, 28 June 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn a gay bar in New York City. This riot and further protests and rioting over the following nights were the watershed moment in modern LGBT rights movements and the impetus for organizing LGBT pride marches on a much larger public scale.


Today, while Pride events take place in many counties, the rights of many are still not recognised or given equal status on a global scale, In Tenerife the Orgullo/Pride 2017 has seen 53 different events happening around the island, five in Adeje, organised by the Asociación Algarabía, and supported by the Tenerife Cabildo and the regional government under the general theme, “Human Rights Make A Difference”.
According to local equality councillor Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro, “Spain has always been one of the European countries that has pushed strongly for equal rights laws (referring in particular to the equal right to marry, passed into law here 12 years ago) which fundamentally seek to guarantee equality for all”.

Theatre as a learning tool

 


The Adeje theatre in the Cultural Centre wiill host the 10th edition of the Theatre event for Special Needs individuals: “Arcoíris” from Candelaria, “Rosas del Guanche from Arona, “Los Olivos” from Afromje, the “Asociación Orobal” from Los Cristianos, and the people from the Pisada Project (Los Olivos) on Friday June 6th. Entry is free and performances begin at 6pm.

“This is an event unique to Adeje in the Canaries and is something that the people of Adeje now look forward to every year, with the theatre full for each performance”, said the councillor for equality politics Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro. She added, “the event allows us use the theatre as a learning and growth tool as well as valuing the creative side of the members of each centre who have been enthusiastically preparing their shows down to the last detail”.

She said that the high attendance each year was also a motivation for the performers, allowing individuals with diverse functional challenges to develop in line with their artistic leanings. And it is the users of each of the centres who decide which work to adapt and who to cast in each show, working in the direction and production of the staging as well.

In Adeje, 119 persons with special needs use the Los Olivos centre daily, with a further 65 making use of the facilities. The centre works to help individuals in the fields of education, work, social and independent development, to promote autonomy and help people take an active part in the economic, political, cultural and social life of their community. Work training and job placement is also offered, all part of promoting the rights and liberties of those with special needs and working towards a guarantee of a better quality of life for them and their families.

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‘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.