The goal is that these young people will become a reference point within their own communities
One of the free complementary courses during Adeje Summer University is for young people aged between 14 – 30 who live in the borough, and who are interested in become community volunteers in combatting gender violence, particularly among their peers.
The course has been run in the Adeje youth centre and is the second time the council have organised this form of training, with a high satisfaction rating among the participants. Previously 13 young people took part and the training is given by members of the ‘Federacion de Asociaciones de Mujers Arena y Laurisilva’, who have been working in the area of equality and gender violence prevention for over 20 years.
The reasoning behind the course, according to the councillor for equality Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro, is “to continue with the basic training when the school term starts, developing a series of awareness-raising workshops in the borough’s secondary schools. We believe it is fundamental that our young people are involved in training and awareness regarding this subject matter”.
The goal is that these young people will become a reference point within their own communities and share values of equality and the benefits of relationships based on social equality, and help any woman who needs to escape from a situation where she is suffering gender violence. Students are also learning about the laws that apply to gender violence, the myths that society may perpetuate, etc.