Gran Canaria promotes feminist urban planning with 'The Island of Care'

Gran Canaria promotes feminist urban planning with 'The Island of Care'

Antonio Morales emphasizes that planning from a feminist point of view means intervening in space in an inclusive manner

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Gran Canarian palms

The new edition of the conference 'The Island of Care' promoted by the Ministry of Equality, Diversity and Transparency of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, which began yesterday in the Josefina Hall of the Cuyás Theater Tower, in the capital of Gran Canaria, aims to
promote an urban feministin which the importance of living spaces is highlighted.

«The spaces of common life and the itineraries and displacements are fundamental to favor the social fabric,
cooperation and inclusion of vulnerable groups. Therefore, it is necessary to analyze these dimensions to promote urban planning that enhances cooperation, conviviality and the development of services that promote equality and inclusion", assured the president of the island government, Antonio Morales, in the
opening act of this eventin which he has been accompanied by the island councilors for Equality, Sara Ramírez, and for Culture, Guacimara Medina.

Morales has stressed that feminist urbanism implies a change
in the way of understanding the city, «a new way of conceiving it that aims to cover other types of needs that are generated in our society, through actions such as the promotion of public transport; the increase in security on the streets, so that women can safely reach their homes; make our cities more accessible places for our elderly and for people with disabilities; and a wide range of ideas that are addressed in this interesting and necessary conference », he said.

He also recalled that «'The Island of Care' is a commitment by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria to
include the gender perspective transversally in all areas of the Institution, emphasizing the importance of care, «with the clear objective of promoting public policies aimed at a social organization that results in the improvement of the quality of life of the people, and that favors equality and conciliation".

With this event, it is intended to open a space for information, debate and reflection on the opportunities that can be generated from the
women's approach and citizens in general, in the planning of the territory in all its aspects. "Because when we talk about planning from a feminist point of view, we talk about intervening in space and, in this specific case, in public space in an inclusive way that is not only beneficial for women but for the entire community", has underlined.

To conclude, he indicated that the conference 'The Island of Care' is part of the program drawn up by the Island Corporation to commemorate the
International Women's Day«with the clear objective of building a more inclusive and egalitarian island between all of us».

The head of the Island Equality Area, Sara Ramírez, has emphasized that the Government of Gran Canaria promoted 'The Island of Care' in 2020 within the framework of establishing a care policy in the institution that encompassed different areas, "because When we talk about care, we are not only talking about social policies or equality; we are talking about employment, the economy, mobility and also territorial planning », she stated.

That is our island project, an island that includes all people when developing its policies».

In this sense, he pointed out that this project requires strengthening
a new social contract that installs another way of relating to each other, which implies putting on the table an agenda of deep transformations in the political, social, cultural and economic spheres, «because, for example, the burden of care has to stop falling mainly on women and caring must be recognized by public administrations for what it is: a job”, he stated.

In this regard, he stressed that, nowadays, men also take care and women also rule, but that
it is necessary to continue advancing"Especially when there are those who want to take us back centuries in rights with their political threat," he argued.

"The next stop is to get us to understand that this feminist politics is for everyone, yes, but also for everyone", because, as she has asserted, "advancement in rights is a success of feminism, but it is also
a collective success because it makes us a fairer, more democratic and much happier society».

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