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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.