Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento.
Over recent years the Abinque prize, awarded in Adeje by the Asociación San Juan to recognize women who stand out for their contribution to the life of the municipality, has been won by Walk for Life founder Brigitte Gypen young world bodyboard champion Alexandra Rinder, and last year, by Ángeles Nieves García Rodríguez, cheesemaker and co-owner of the Tijoco-based dairy Montesdeoca.
This year, the Adeje Equality Council has been declared the winner, with the award to be presented at a Gala event on Friday 9 March in the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA). The Adeje Equality Council is a collective made up of women from different sectors and cultures in Adeje working for a fairer and more equal society. With this award their work in raising awareness of inequalities and fighting to defend the right to equal treatment and social justice is being recognized.
Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, “the equality council is a body which, in the three years since its creation, has welcomed in people who are working to empower women, to prevent inequalities and to eliminate obstacles that impede the evolution of a real equality between women and men.”
This is the fifteenth time that the Abinque award has been made, and it coincides with events celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March. On being told of the news of their award, a council representative said that “this recognition of our work is a sign we are meeting the challenge of creating a visible participatory tool for Adeje women and men with direct relevance to political and social decisions being taken. We hope to become a permanent forum for opinion and social movement, benefiting equality of opportunities between women and men”.
Since its inception in 2015 the Equality Council has been active on many fronts locally, regionally and nationally and involved in organising many events in particular demonstrations against gender violence and using the new memorial Plaza Pedro Zerolo for the purpose of public assemblies in this regard. The body has also been working with education project in school centres in the borough, helping students with issues such as gender violence, bullying, lgbt-phobias, etc.
Tickets for the gala presentation are on sale at the Adeje department of equality. The event is open to both men and women. Meanwhile, the programme of events for the council’s recognition of International Women’s Day is below:
- Thursday 1 March, 6pm: Cinema and world café. ’50 Primaveras’, Adeje Cultural Centre. No charge.
- Friday 2 March, 7pm: Inauguration of the Art Collective “Mujeres Adeje-Creative” Exhibition space, Adeje Cultural Centre
- Friday 2 March, 8.30pm: Theatre, ‘Raíces Cortadas’, Adeje Cultural Centre, No charge.
- Thursday 8 March, 12 noon: Reading of equality manifesto on the steps of the Town Hall.
- Friday 9 March, 8pm: XV Gala Dinner and awarding of the Abinque prize, Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA)
- Saturday 10 March, 11am: Meeting with representatives from Garachico, Buenavista, Los Silos, guided tour of Adeje town.
- Thursday 15 March: Workshop, ‘Tardes para ti’. Adeje Cultural Centre
- Friday 16 March, 8pm: Cinema, ‘Figuras Ocultas. Adeje Cultural Centre. No charge
- Saturday 10 March:Congress of Erotic Literature, with Megan Maxwell, Adeje Cultural Centre