Women’s art in March

Women’s art exhibition registration open

The Adeje council have announced that registration is now open for women artists who wish to take part in the 2019 ‘Mujeres Adeje-Creativa’ (Creative Adeje Women) collective expo. Interested artists have until January 31st to present their work for consideration.

The initiative, run through the department of equality, hopes, says councillor Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro, “to continue to underline the importance of the role of women in the art world today, and give them an increased presence in the art galleries generally. We also want to pay homage to those who have gone before, who have fought to overcome social convention and discrimination which sought to stifle their artistic success.”

The selected works will form part of an exhibition in the Adeje Cultural Centre that will take place from February 22nd to March 18th, as part of a series of acts celebrating International Women’s Day 2019.

Participation requirements
Participation is open to women over 16 years of age, professionals or self-taught, who are living in the Canary Islands. As the objective of the exhibition is to demonstration the diversity of women artists there is no specific theme required. Over the years artists of many nationalities (including Nikki Attree, pictured above at last year’s exhibition) have taken part.

Interested artists must present a single work of art in any discipline (painting, sculpture, photograph, graphic design, video art, installation, performance, etc), not taller than 1.20 metre. In the case of installations, the organisers will decide whether it can be accommodated or not, depending on size. Video art presentations must be no longer than 180 seconds in duration.

Works submitted must be ready for showing, that is to say with all the necessary elements in place, and if the display requires some form of special treatment the organisers will get in contact with the artist to organise mounting.

The forms to be filled in and submitted are available for download online, www.adeje.es, and you will be asked to submit your personal data and a photograph of the work you wish to exhibit.

From February 1st the department of equality will get in touch with those artists that have been selected for participation to give them full details of how and when their works should be brought to the cultural centre.

A judging panel will also be selecting what, in their opinion, is the best work of the collection, with the chosen artists offered a full exhibition in the Cultural Centre during 2019. The criteria for choosing the best entry will be include technique, creativity and originality.

The collective will also have a virtual catalogue of all the works on display, and the artists.

 

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Levelling the playing pitch!

 

The II Adeje Equality Course sees a doubling in membership

The II Adeje School for Equality began courses yesterday with almost twice as many participants as expected. The town’s Equality council and the council itself are the organisers of the school, and had planned for 20 students but almost 50 signed up to take part.

The councillor for equality, Carmen Lucia Rodríguez del Toro, said she was “more than pleasantly surprised to see how the numbers of those signing up to take part had more than doubled. It makes me proud to see the response of our residents who, as well as working towards the advancement of equality, are increasingly aware of the importance of equality training to further ensure the application of equality measures in work and life in general”.

The school will be in session every Wednesday until April 24th, from 5.30pm – 9pm. “We know that these hours may not suit everyone, and therefore are really appreciative of those making the effort to be part of this course”, the councillor added.

The training is given by an association known as ‘Desarrollo Integral de la Mujeres Mercedes Machado’, using participative methodology, with 56 hours of classwork and 12 hours of practical application. The classes work to deconstruct sexist behaviour, language, etc, and help in the perception and acknowledgement of gender inequalities. Participants can learn how to improve group dynamics, improve auto esteem and work to recognise the impact of gender in terms of perception, values, attitudes and behaviour.

The training is in four blocks, looking at various aspects of behaviour, education, co-education, cultural products, and non-sexist communication. Equality in work and employment practises and household chores and child care will also be discussed. The classes will examine the issue of gender violence and identify keys for self-esteem for women among other matters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music as a life learning tool

Adeje council’s music therapy project for special needs persons

The Adeje Council has presented a music therapy project, ‘Timba’, for special needs individuals. With the municipal School of Music and the Los Olivos centre for functional diversity, under councillors Carmen Rosa González Cabrera and Carmen Lucía Rodríguez respectively, the programme will b open to anyone in Adeje who is special needs, with the main aim being to bring music to the whole population. “This is a programme to use music as physical, psychological and social tool in improving the lives of individuals”, said Carmen Rosa González.

“Music as therapy is not just an idealistic notion in the search for ‘curative power”, said Carmen Lucia Rodríguez. “The therapeutic effects of music are the results of professional methods that are properly applied”.

Those interested in signing up for classes can do so through the Adeje School of Music, with classes in the mornings and afternoons on offer. It is thought the morning hours would suit adults with some form of special needs and the afternoon sessions might be better suited to people with functional diversity who are attending regular educational centres in the mornings.

Among the aims will be the “improvement of communication through music, listening, dancing or playing, transmitting feelings and ideas, improving interpersonal relationships and self-awareness, explained Carmen Lucia Rodríguez. The teachers will focus on multi-sensory stimulation, self-expression, helping to develop intellectual capacity, improve cognitive abilities and psychomotor functions such as spatial perception, motor skills and co-ordination.

The project has already completed a pilot phase in the Los Olivos centre with a high level of satisfaction reported from students and teachers. “Now we want to take it a step further and open the programme to everyone so we need the School of Music to come on board, as here we have the installation and the teaching staff who are able to become involved in the project”, said the councillor.

Carmen Rosa González added that “attention to those with special needs if part of the protocol of the School of Music. Currently we have a dozen students who have some form of disability and we are interested in opening the school’s doors to many more people in particular to what is, in some ways, a ‘vulnerable’ section of our society. The school is 100% behind the project”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeje to host ‘Miradas Violetas’, working to eradicate gender violence

 

The Domitila Hernández Association for Equality of Opportunities, with the help of Adeje council, has organised the first ‘Miradas Violetas; prevention as fundamental for the eradication of gender violence’ event which will see professionals from many different areas come together on Thursday, November 29th in the CDTCA in Adeje.

“This event will bring to a close the programme of events that been running this month in the lead up to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25th)” said the Adeje councillor for equality Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro, although, she added “we continue to work on a daily basis for the elimination of this form of violence, through different awareness-raising and community activities, assessments, individual sessions and early intervention, which is crucial in domestic violence situations, when we can offer specialised services in time”

She added, “in the fight against gender violence there are no truces nor cease-fires, and that’s whey we want to make society in general is active and aware of the matter, so that they can contribute and be a part of the solution, helping us detect vulnerable situations”.

The event, which runs from 9am to 8pm with a lunch-break, will see the participation of professionals and members of the public working in the field of prevention and action. It is geared for those involved in psychology, the law, sociology, social work, etc, as well as associations interested in the work being done in this area and individuals who feel they have something to contribute. It will be in Spanish (with sign language for those with hearing) and a creche for children of those attending (over 3 years old) from 4pm – 8pm.

If you are interested in taking part you can register on the council webpage, www.adeje.es, where you will also find more details about the talks and workshops on offer throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

 

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No to gender violence…

The events are taking place in advance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The Adeje council is, as in previous years, organising a range of activities in the lead up to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women which is always on November 25th. These include workshops, short-story competitions among the borough’s secondary school students, events with young people to promote good relationship habits, information tables, the annual reading of a manifesto declaring the Town Hall’s rejection of this scourge on society and a minute’s silence for all victims of gender violence.

“While we will be working during these days to place the spotlight on violence against women and help for victims, the Adeje council is dedicated to this issue all year round, working with special services, offering help and assistance, workshops, information events, courses and activities for the population in general, with a particular focus on our primary and secondary school students”, commented the Adeje councillor for equality Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro.

This year for the first time all the members of the Network of South Boroughs for Gender Equality will send a united message with a joint campaign on social networks, and in fact anyone interested in being part of the campaign photo should come along to the CDTCA on Thursday at 11am.  Later that day at 6.30pm in the Biblioteca Canaria, an exhibition, ‘Pino Ojeda, te busqué por los sueños’ will be inaugurated with a presentation by feminist writer Covadonga García Fierro.  This is about giving visibility to all women, says the councillor.

During next week there will be a meeting with students from the borough’s secondary schools (3rd year), on giving the young people the necessary tools to detect and combat abusive behaviour.  On Friday November 23rd at midday the institutional manifesto will be read followed by a minute’s silence on the steps of the Town Hall.  At 7pm that evening the prizes for the winners in the short story competition will be awarded.The campaign comes to a close with an event on the eradication of gender violence, ‘I Jornada Miradas Violetas’ with the participation of judicial experts and prior registration for this event is required.

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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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