In the digital edition of the third volume of the book Canary women that has now come to light, it offers an approach to 15 women that forged their future in the face of all kinds of adversity, and that are added to the figures collected in the two previous volumes of this publication. Two versions are presented for your consultation and download, one for Infant and Primary Education and the other for Secondary Education, which are accompanied by a coloring book. The protagonists that appear in this new volume are: Carla Antonelli, Cecilia González, Chona Madera, Daida and Iballa Ruano, Flora Liliana Barrera, Francisca de Gazmira, Francisca Spínola Bethencourt, Frasquita Calero Gil, Inocencia Páez, María Acerina Espinosa, Nieves Lugo, Nieves Santana Valerón, Rufina González, Saro León and Sister María de Jesús. There is also an activity guide for the three books aimed at Primary and another for History of the Women of the Canary Islands, a material that will allow the educational community to approach their collective history, from the first populations to the present day.
According to María Jesús Guedes, coordinator of the Affective-Sexual and Gender Equality and Education area of the Educational Innovation Service of the Ministry of Education, this material is part of the projects of the State Pact against Gender Violence that has as guiding principles education for coexistence based on respect, solidarity, equality and on building a culture of peace aimed at preventing conflicts. “In this framework we propose some ingredients that allow us to give visibility to important women in the Canarian context, in the Infant, Primary and Secondary stages. We want to build a scenario in the classroom where we break an invisible barrier, the recognition of all our predecessors who in the present and immediate past collectively incorporated conditions of equality in Canarian society. We can highlight Carla Antonelli, Lola Massieu or Isabel Medina, among others, who in schools and institutes will spread the balance between boys and girls ”. “Since the 2019/20 academic year, we have released several volumes with pedagogical resources that teachers can incorporate in an innovative and creative way. In this covid context, we have also sought to make it a material that can be worked on digital screens. We design the pedagogical part of the basic resources ”.
Aarón León, coordinator of the Enseña Program, of the Educational Innovation Service of the Ministry of Education, and who works on the cross-sectional part “more of Canarian content and Heritage” adds that “we have not only included the women’s biographies, but also colorizable for Infant and Primary with each of them. Learning situations have been made available to the educational community that allow to guide how to work with the protagonists in Secondary and previous courses, both in the field of sports, music, or the social or political bonding of some of these people . We wanted to provide the vision of struggle and conquests of the same, but we have also created a Guide to the History of the Women of the Canary Islands that ranges from the arrival of the first settlers to our days to highlight the invisibility of women in time, who have had to conquer their space, especially in rural contexts and social exclusion.
According to Guedes, “there is already evidence of work in the classroom because the material is published by the Ministry on the Education website and the Canarian centers have up-to-date resources that are downloaded and checked. In addition, they provide us with photos of the exercises carried out in class. The three educational volumes can be downloaded from anywhere in the world as they are on-line”.
The work of present and past professionals is highlighted, in the different fields
According to the content of the third volume Canary women, Carla Antonelli is the nickname of “Carla Delgado Gómez (Güímar, 1959), actress, politician and recognized transsexual activist of LGTBI rights. Since 2011 she has been a deputy of the Madrid Assembly for the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, being the first and only transsexual woman in the State to access this position ”. In his biography it is added that “from his party he has promoted important initiatives, such as homosexual marriage or the right to change name and sex in official records. Among other recognitions, since 2020 a street in his hometown bears his name ”.
In the case of Madera, the book indicates that he was born “in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1901, published in 1944 The silence dump, his first book of poems. Throughout his career he collaborated with local newspapers such as The Echo of the Canary Islands, The afternoon or The day and with literary magazines like Women on the island. In 1967 he received the Tomás Morales Poetry Prize for his work The few moments”.
Daida and Iballa Ruano
The third couple to whom the digital creation of the harnessing mentions refers to Daida and Iballa Ruano. “Originally from Pozo Izquierdo, the twins Daida and Iballa were born in 1977, joining the practice of windsurfing at the age of 17. Just three years later, Iballa was proclaimed world champion for the first time, thus initiating a spectacular record that adds 28 world titles between the two. Due to their trajectory, both were nominated for the National Sports Award ”. In addition, “Daida was the first woman in the history of professional windsurfing to take part in a competition within the men’s knockout bracket.”
Another prominent person in the school guide is this woman “born in Teguise in 1806. It is believed that Francisca Spínola Bethencourt studied at the Academy of Drawing in Las Palmas, to later travel to Barcelona and Madrid, where she would continue her training and hold some exhibitions. From his job”. Back in the Islands, “he worked for years on the beautification and maintenance of the church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación in Haría. His most outstanding works were the Sepulcher of the Lord and the Reclining Christ ”.
Nieves Santana Valerón
The book highlights another series of women with different professions, such as Nieves Santana Valerón, “known as Nievitas the Midwife, was born in Cercados de Espino (Mogán) at the beginning of the 20th century. Although she was a farmer, from very early on she discovered that she had a special ability to assist in childbirth, becoming the matron of the Arguineguín ravine ”. This peculiar person, “with more than two hundred births, did an incalculable social work helping mothers in an area of the Island far removed from hospital services.”
Undoubtedly, a well-known protagonist of this work is the “graduate in Geography and History from the ULL in 1979, who opened an art gallery with her name in Las Palmas in 1988, with the intention of serving as a meeting point for the Canarian artists along with others of Latin American, African and European origin ”. It should be noted that “throughout his professional career, he has worked with numerous artists and has produced projects for biennials such as Bamako and Havana.”