Make your voice heard, your presence felt…

Today, November 25th, is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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In Adeje there are a number of public events taking place, so if you are in the town do join us in making your voice heard and presence felt against this scourge. Events begin at 9am and run until 9pm. According to Adeje equality councillor, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro it’s important that everyone plays their part in this fight, and activities are aimed at all members of the population, from kids to adults to senior citizens.
There’s an art exhibition by students from the local secondary schools opening at 9, and at 10 a video showing in the Adeje Cultural Centre for older students. From 11.30 students from 5th and 6th class in local primary schools will be in the Plaza España taking part in workshop about and around the theme of domestic violence.

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At 12.30 there will be a musical show in the Cultural Centre which will followed by a reading, in the Plaza España, of the manifesto against violence against women and a minute’s silence in memory of all the women who have died as a result of gender violence. The Adeje department of youth are also organising a photocall for anyone who would like to take part.
The British Ambassador to Spain, HMA Simon Manley, as well as the British consul and vice-consul, Charmaine Abrouin and Helen Díaz de Arcaya Keating will be present at the minute’s silence as they are in Adeje for a meeting with the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.
Events will continue this afternoon in the Adeje Farmer’s market with an information table run by the Group Against Gender Violence with a ‘henna tattoos against gender violence’ activity as well.
From 6pm in the Cultural Centre the prize giving in the Short Stories against Gender Violence competition will take place, followed by performances by local artists Ainhoa and Agoney.

Tibetan style in the Plaza de España

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“Practicing and performing these dances harmonizes our movement, brings joy to our hearts, and relaxation to our minds…”

 

 

Last weekend, under the Adeje Together umbrella, the Adeje based Dzogchen International Community presented a demonstration of Tibetan dance in the Plaza de España, as part of the Khaita Festival.

 

According to the organisers, “Khaita dances are inspired by the contemporary songs and dances of Tibet. They celebrate and help to preserve the rich culture, language, and traditions of this land in the Himalayas. Practicing and performing these dances harmonizes our movement, brings joy to our hearts, and relaxation to our minds.”

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The dances have always interested Rinpoche Namkhai Norbu, who has supported the importance of the dance as a living part of Tibetan heritage and culture and one which can show the beauty of the land in a very direct way.  The songs and dances preserve and promote this culture and help spread recognition of Tibet and Tibetan styles all over the world.

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During the month of January the Dzamling Gar, the international headquarters for the International Dzogchen Community based in Playa Paraíso, promoted a variety of activities geared towards the spread of Tibetan culture and the ancient wisdom which come from that country and is still a source of inspiration throughout the world.  Namhkai Norbu has presented workshops on the natural workings of the mond to all those who have sought his classes in the centre in Adeje, and delivered talks on Buddhism, and on the different schools of Tibetan Buddhism as well. He explains, say his spokesperson, “that all those who follow the different forms have the same objective; an end to suffering, for the individual as well as for everyone else”.

 

Following the dances on the stage in the Plaza de España the public who were in attendance were also invited to take part in what was an evening that promoted cultural harmony and coexistence.

 

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“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”.

Tasty Weekend Planned

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As Adeje’s gastronomy month continues, this Saturday the public can enjoy a taste of what’s great during a DegustaMe (Try me) event in the Plaza España.

The stars of the month, local cheese, gofio, wine and honey, will be present in the plaza from 6pm, and the councillor for economic development, Ermitas Moreira García, says the activities this weekend are being held in conjunction with Adeje Impulsa, Turismo de Tenerife and Saborea Tenerife. Other local products and producers will also feature in the event as well as local restaurants and bodegas, collectives and groups from the Adeje Together 10/10 campaign that the council is currently running.

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Among the establishments and groups taking part tomorrow are the Tenerife celiac association, the Ghe Pel Ling Canarias Buddhism centre, the Adeje Muslim Community “al-Ihsan”, the Tenerife Sur Hindu Community, the Tenerife Barmen Association a Zumba master class with Patricia Chiquiar, Show Cooking with Chef Pau Bermejo from Baobab Suites and Frack Chefs. There will also be a puppet show, a flash movie, face painting, and lots more for all the family.

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The Walk for Life/Carrera por la vida will also have a stand in the Plaza with information about the upcoming events, merchandising and forms to sign up and take part in some or all of the events planned this year to mark the 10th anniversary of the event that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer.