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,, where you will also find more details about the talks and workshops on offer throughout the day.






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Throughout the months of October, November and December the Adeje council has been running a series of workshops and training on domestic violence issues, prevention and help, for council staff members, associations and local groups.
This week the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, the councillor for welfare Amada Trujillo Bencomo y the councillor for equality Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz attended the closing session of the months long programme, which was held in the local Integrated Security Centre, ESIADE. During the event a representative of the Local Police assisted at the talk given by Patricia G Ojeda a sociologist and expert in equal opportunities.
The integrated programme was funded by the regional government, the Canarian Equality Institute, the Social and Socio-Health Institute, and the Tenerife Cabildo, through the Mirabel programme. It was designed to upgrade the level of awareness, the visibility and public sensitivity to domestic violence.
Mayor Rodríguez Fraga said, “public institutions have a particular responsibility in this regard, and we must report, prevent and condemn aggressive behaviour and discrimination against women. The different actions undertaken over the past few months have been an excellent opportunity to analyse in the right way how to protect and help those victims of this social scourge”.
He said that the Adeje local government would continue to work on prevention of domestic violence as of primary importance, promoting initiatives based on the implementation of equality-based local politics; “because what is want is that we continue to build a fruitful present and an enriching future that will benefit everyone”. The mayor also stressed the importance of the Local Police’s role in the prevention of domestic violence and their readiness to take action when and where it was needed.
The councillors for social welfare and equality said the project had seen a definite increase in the awareness among people of this “serious problem that affects our society. During these three months quite a few welcome initiatives have been developed by different Adeje groups, such as the video created by a group of young people for social networks, or the art exhibition of works by pupils from the IES Adeje. The Mirabel programme has also strengthened the lines of communication between institutions and teams who specialise in working with victims and children in this situation”.
The talks and workshops concentrated on three areas. Firstly, professionals who intervene directly with victims of domestic violence, among them borough employees, those working with minors, health workers, police, family intervention, etc. The second focus was in the educational area, with training for teachers in primary and secondary schools, and the third area of concentration was parents associations with parallel talks taking place for social and borough based organisations.
Workers in communications were also invited to take part and examine how they reported on issues of domestic violence.