Adeje’s smart young women

For the second year running the Adeje awards to the borough’s best secondary school students has been won by young women, three from the El Galeón secondary school and four from the Los Olivos school.

The ‘Jóvenes Talento’ (talented youth) prizes, whose aim is to reward effort and work done during the school year , is for secondary school students in public education centres in Adeje. The winners this year are Yaiza Sánchez Mederos, Noemi Parpaiola, Tian Yao, all studying in El Galeón, and Elena León Díaz, Tracy Méndez Díaz. Leila Boukyaou Delgado and Valentina Sebestyenl, students in Los Olivos. Each young women received €500 and Adeje councillor for youth affairs, Zebenzui Chinea Linares, made the presentation.

“These awards were created to reflect the worth of studying, to encourage a culture of dedication and effort, of excellence, and above all of a willingness to learn among our young people” reflected the councillor, adding that next year they would also be taking linguistic ability into consideration, to encourage more people to study and achieve proficiency in a second or third language.




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‘Invisible’ women with special needs

Yesterday the Tenerife Cabildo was in Adeje to co-launch the Magarza Sur project, an initiative to empower and enhance the personal development and social inclusion potential of women with disabilities.
The project is driven by an organisation called CoordiCanarias, who assist people with physical challenges, as well as Sinpromi (a Tenerife organisation established to protect the rights of those with special needs), the councils of Adeje and Arafo, and Hey!Participa. According to the Cabildo equality councillor Estefanía Castro, similar projects in La Laguna and Santa Cruz were successful and now “we are bringing the activities to the south to meet an existing need for women with ‘functional diversity’ outside the municipal zones”, in particular because in many cases “disabled women are considered invisible”, she said.

The Adeje equality politics councillor, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez spoke of the double discrimination suffered by women who have special needs and the challenge and the obligation for public bodies was to do all they could to “ensure a society that was equal and just for all.”
Arafo’s social services councillor, Natacha Afonso, invited other boroughs to get involved and Sinpromi’s Dulce Torres said now was the time “to break down stereotypes and prejudices”.
Equality of opportunities is very important for women with special needs as they have been proven to suffer more and increased discrimination in terms of education, employment opportunities and are more susceptible to violence and abuse. The objective of the project is not simply to highlight the reality of the situation of women in this situation but also reduce discriminations and assist in personal development and self-esteem.

Rights for rural women


“Sowing the seeds of equality leads to a balanced crop”

Thursday October 13th was International Day of Rural Women and here in Adeje there was a well-attended conference on the role of women in rural life in Tenerife, with a parallel conference having also taken place earlier in the same week in La Guancha in the north of the island.

This, the VIII Meeting of Rural Women of Tenerife, organised by the Cabildo Agricultural and Rural Development division and the Adeje council, was under the slogan (translated) “sowing the seeds of equality leads to a balanced crop”, and was attended by over 100 women working in the agricultural sector.


The day began at 10am with a visit to the Montesdeoca Dairy. This enterprise is run by Ángeles García and has won numerous awards nationally and internationally for the quality and variety of their produce – cheeses, butter, goat´s milk yogurts, and wines, among other goods. During the visit the women were also invited to sample some of the produce.

The day continued with presentations at the CDTCA (the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre) from the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the Tenerife Cabildo agricultural councillor, both of them stressing “the importance of women in this sector in the Canaries and in Tenerife in particular”.

The mayor continued, “Women have always been the motor of our society. On their shoulders has fallen the responsibility of caring for the family, the home, and more, and under unequal conditions. In the world of agriculture women have also suffered discrimination and for that reason I want to underline how important and vital their contribution is.”


The Cabildo’s Jesús Morales said that with this project “we want to guarantee fundamental equal opportunities for women, and establish open forums, where there can be an exchange of ideas, given the low visibility women have had in the agricultural sector up to now.” He added that it was important to increase awareness generally of the work that women do in the farming and agricultural sectors.


A manifesto on behalf of rural women was read into the records, and among the demands was a call for better public initiatives favouring rural enterprise as well as technological innovation in the sector. Participants also welcomed the development at regional level of the law of shared titles, (Ley de Titularidad Compartida) which was working directly to given legal representation to women as partners in agricultural endeavours.

Transnationalism, Gender and Migration


Adeje will host a bi-lingual conference on migration and gender on November 13th and 14th

The importance of migration on our lives and the affect emigration and immigration can have on families, in particular women in those families, will be some of the themes discussed as what promises to be a fascinating two-day international conference on ‘Transmationalism, Gender and Migration”, in the Adeje CDTCA (Centre for Tourism Development,Costa Adeje) on November 13th and 14th.

Announcing details of the event today deputy mayor of Adeje Ermitas Moreira said that a conference of this nature was very relevant for the people of Adeje and particularly apt given the council’s Convivencia/Co-existence campaign, “and when the suggestion came from the department of equality and the body representing all the equality councillors in South Tenerife for this ambitious project we were delighted to be able to help”.

Representing the University of La Laguna, vice-rector Rodríguez Trujillo said that here in Tenerife we are witnessing transnationalism and a diversity of nationalities every day, “in our education and health centres, in our local administration” adding that here was probably one of the few places where such a level of cultural diversity exists. He said it was important to focus on the reality of women when talking about migration. Referencing a recent study on the best and worst places in the world for women to live (Canada and India respectively) Rodríguez Trujillo said in Spain we also needed to look and learn from other cultures and consider adapting good practises in certain areas, in access to higher education for instance. “People might say, no, there is equal opportunity here in Spain but the data shows that this is not the case”, he said.

The director of the conference, María José Guerra Palmera outlined the focus of the conference and spoke of the changing face of migration. “No longer are we talking about countries people emigrate from and immigrate to…there is more of a migratory circuit. A Canarian nurse goes to work in the United Kingdom, nurses from the UK have gone to work in the United States, etc”. She added that the new social media and cheaper travel has also changed very much the face of immigration today. “With the different media of communication people live in two or three different realities” she pointed out.

Migration and social mobility are also very much linked and can affect women in particular. Often with whole families migrating, if the male in the family is working the role of the women in the new environment is changing. There is much that needs to be examined and the changing role of women in boom and bust times and their levels of social participation also considered.

All in all this should be a fascinating two day event. Two of the main speakers are Genoveva Roldán, co-director of the event and from the Institute of Economic Investigation in the University of Mexico, Stella González-Arnal from the University of Hull, and the working language will be in English and Spanish. The event is funded by the Projecto 1+D Justicia, ciudadanía y género, government of Spain.