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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Learning to say No!

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Schools taking part in anti-bullying and anti-gender violence workshops

Students and teachers in Adeje’s public secondary schools are taking part in a series of workshops dealing both with bullying and gender violence. The initiative, which has been run over a number of years by the Adeje Council, complements the different activities that are organised internally by the centres.

“Within the academic course we have already completed the first two training units which were workshops in the prevention of school bullying (held in October) and at the moment we are expanding the workshops on the prevention of gender violence, to coincide with the celebration of International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women which is on November 25th”, explained the councillor for the politics of equality, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro.

The training programmes for both students and staff are run by expert Patricia G. Ojeda. The programme includes, as in previous years, a short story competition for the best composition on gender violence and an art competition on good practises. The councillor says that the programme on November 25th will include “a video forum in the Adeje Cultural Centre in the morning, followed by a reading of a public manifesto against gender violence and a minute’s silence in the Plaza de España. That afternoon we will present prizes for both of the competitions to the young winners”.

The Council has also donated relevant material to the young people on the prevention of gender violence “so that they can continue the work of the workshops in the classroom”, says Rodríguez del Toro.

In 2017 workshops on choosing careers without gender discrimination will be included in the agenda.

These and complementary activities are designed to improve the lives of those inside and outside the school arena and are designed to answer the needs of the school directors paying special attention to the increasing awareness and sensitivity to situations of discrimination and inequality among our young people.

“No more abuse, no more cries for help”

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No more abuse, no more cries for help”

Adeje hosted an institutional act to celebrate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, joined school students in the town’s Plaza España today to reiterate his and the council’s total rejection of gender violence and to pledge help for anyone who requests it.

“We continue along the path of working to create an awareness of equality, of peaceful co-existence and respect, the pillars upon which we can build a harmonious society that is rich in human values, and is happy. We are in this fight and we will move ahead and must also fight to make sure there are no cuts in services in this area.”

The mayor was speaking during an institutional act to celebrate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, with members of the council and students and staff of the borough’s schools as well as members of the public. Two students from one of Adeje’s secondary schools read a manifesto rejecting violence. “We have to change this society; we cannot stand idly by when there are human beings suffering at the hands of others because of their gender. We cannot justify such actions by simply saying, ‘it’s always been that way’”. They spoke directly to women who have been abused saying, “we want to send you our support, our strength, no one has the right to hurt you, you don’t deserve this, you are fighters and own your own destiny. No more abuse, no more cries for help”.