SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, 25 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Minister of Social Rights, Equality, Diversity and Youth of the Government of the Canary Islands, Noemí Santana, read this Friday the institutional declaration of the Government of the Canary Islands on the occasion of the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ in which she appeals to “not to perpetuate sexist violence” against older women.
“Gender violence in older women is named when it moves us and surprises us, the social clamor, when there is no turning back,” read the counselor in the statement in which women over 80 are also reminded that have been murdered in the Canary Islands in the last two years.
“They are no longer here, and it is most likely that before they were murdered, their abusers subjected them to multiple forms of violence for decades due to the inaction and blindness of those around them,” he commented.
The declaration also expresses that the eradication of violence against women is “a priority work in this feminist government” and insisted on “education as a pillar of change” and fights to combat the “resurgence of misogyny and anti-feminism in men who mistakenly feel threatened by the advancement of equality”.
During the event, the violinist Laura Seoane played Bach’s Giga de la Partita for violin No. 2 and the actress, Paloma Albaladejo, gave a monologue in which she denounced how stereotypes pigeonholed older women as “ignorant, gossipy and bad witches.” or self-sacrificing grannies”.
He also praised the Nobel Prize winners in his neighborhood, fighting women who will never receive that award, but “deserve happiness, freedom and recognition.”
“Literature Prize, María, who with the fantasy and creativity of her stories has had three generations on her lips. Economy Prize, Yaya, who juggling her pension keeps her children and grandchildren unemployed or with precarious jobs. Physics Award to Pilar, who from a Public School has aroused curiosity and passion for science in hundreds of girls Medicine Award to Luisa, who during the pandemic risked her health and life in the hospital, renouncing to retire in the face of the shortage of health personnel. Peace Prize, to Carmen, a tireless fighter from her neighborhood, against the dictatorship and for the improvement of the conditions of her neighbors,” he recalled.
‘It’s time to live, let’s leave the shadows behind’ is the motto with which this year the Government, in alliance with the seven island councils, positions itself with the generation of older Canarian women who live, or have lived a large part of their lives sexist violence, collects a note from the Executive.