Yesterday, November 25th, was International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It seems that even in our modern world the view is that what goes on between a man and woman behind closed doors is of no concern to anyone, and this attitude needs to change.
In the south of Tenerife, the day was recognised in Los Cristianos when the public were invited to place a note of reflection against violence in what was called ‘Weaving Networks’.
In Adeje, a number of events where organised. In the Plaza España, students were taking part in a photo shoot, musical offerings and many leaflets on the theme of domestic violence were on display.
There was also a minute’s silence in memory of all the women who have died as a result of gender violence that was attended by the British Ambassador to Spain as well as the British consul and vice-consul, and the mayors of Arona and Adeje.
I find it very sad that such a day is necessary but necessary it is. So far this year, 48 women have died as a result of gender violence in Spain. In 2014, this was 54 and another 54 during 2013 but by educating the young, we can hopefully eradicate the problem of gender violence.