Eliminating a scourge

Yesterday, Friday November 24th, a number of events took place in Adeje, with the participation of all of the boroughs who are members of the Tenerife South Equality Network, in advance of and to mark tomorrow’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

From 10am the Adeje Equality Council had a table at the door of the Town Hall where people could get information on how to deal with gender violence. At 12 midday a number of children from 6th class in Adeje Casco primary school read a manifesto they had co-written and then a minute’s silence was held to remember all those who have died as a result of gender violence.

Members of the Equality Council also read a declaration, outlining measures that need to be taken to deal with this scourge on our society. It spoke of the need for education in equality in schools, working to eliminate stereotypes in attitudes and behaviour, and making sure this and future generations have the tools to deal with the roots of domestic and gender violence.

Later on yesterday evening the Adeje council presented prizes to the winners in the VII Short Story competition where secondary school students from the borough were invited to write a story dealing with gender violence. Over 400 entries were received, some in English (this year the students were able to write in Spanish or English) and according to the jury, the standard of writing was extremely high. The overall winner was a student from 2nd year in the IES El Galeón secondary school, Lucía Johana Holguín Pérez. There were also prizes for a parallel art competition and the winner was Guacimara Hernández Afonso y Zachary Amone Quintero, 2 year Bachillerato students from the IES Los Olivos secondary school.

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.

 

 

Department of Communications