Events to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
“If you hear it, if you see, you report it. Don’t let four walls hide violence against women”.
The Adeje council once again marks November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, with a series of events many of them with the participation of young people from the borough who will come together in support of proper treatment within relationships. This event is supported by students and teachers from Adeje’s secondary schools. “We want to underline and emphasise the work being carried out by the department of equality and we are developing a programme that will continue during the school course with workshops and talks aimed at preventing this scourge on our society and increasing awareness among our society”, said equality councillor Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz.
The council is also, through the Network of Southern Boroughs for Equality, a part of the Canarian Institute of Equality campaign which sees “us working together and speaking with one voice to make sure the message is heard loud and clearly”, said Afonso Ruiz. The campaign slogan translated is “If you hear it, if you see, you report it. Don’t’ let four walls hide violence against women”.
The councillor added that “putting an end to the violence suffered by women has to be a shared responsibility, shared by institutions, as we have an obligation to champion the cause and guarantee that those suffering as a result of male violence, women and children, receive the attention they need. And society in general must also be involved, cannot look the other way, and that’s why we are working to involve all citizens, and actively seek their participation in the fight against this dreadful social scourge”.
Activities planned in Adeje
The council’s schedule to promote “proper treatment of women” begins at 10am tomorrow with a meeting with 3rd Year students from Adeje’s secondary schools and a representative group from Adeje Casco primary school. There will be a screening of a number of short films which present gender violence in its many forms. The focus will move to the Plaza de España where there will be different workshops, an information stand as well as handing out of purple ribbons, the international symbol of the fight against gender violence. The Asociación de Mujeres de Blanco por la Igualdad (women in White for equality) have been actively involved in the activities working with student groups and encouraging them to bring posters and signs reflecting their stance on the issue.
At midday in the Plaza España there will be a reading of the institutional manifesto against gender violence and a minute’s silence in memory of all victims. Closing this section local singer and student of the Adeje School of Music and Dance, Ainhoa Aguilar, will perform.
In the afternoon, at 7pm, the municipal authorities will present the prizes in the IV Short Stories against Gender Violence competition as well as the I Art for ‘Well-Treatment’ competition. Both events will take place in the Adeje Cultural Centre Exhibition Hall. “Both of these competitions”, says councillor Afonso Ruiz, “were set up as we believe in the use of a formative process and discussion of such themes through workshops in secondary schools. We firmly believe that artistic and literary creativity are excellent tools in this just fight, for equal opportunities for men and women”.
Adeje’s Equality Plan
The Adeje council put their first Strategic Plan for Equality Opportunities between women and men into operation in 2009 during which time, “the administration have been consistent in their work to encourage actions and methods that can guarantee equality of opportunities as well as developing programmes of awareness raising and prevention of gender violence.”.