The president of Canary Government, Angel Victor Torres, presided over this Friday the institutional act on the occasion of March 8, International Women’s Day, in which the delivery of the awards of the Canary Institute of Equality (ICI) 2020 and the honorary distinction that this time has been for the researcher and university professor María Eugenia Monzón Perdomo.
In this edition of the awards, the work of the people or institutions that have promoted equality or the eradication of the gender violence during the previous two years 2018 and 2019.
Thus, in this edition the work carried out by the Infant and Primary Education Center (CEIP) La Laguna de Los Llanos de Aridane (La Palma) has been recognized, as well as the exhibition ‘Women with capital letters’, the Penitentiary Classroom of Juan Grande in Gran Canaria and the El Hierro Teachers Center, as reported by the regional government in a press release.
The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has shown the “firm commitment” of the regional government to eradicate the “inequalities that still remain in the islands” In this regard he referred to the creation of the Vice Ministry of Equality, the approval of the Strategy of Equal Transition and the budgetary increase that the ICI has this year.
Therefore, he said that the “commitment of this Government to feminism, in the fight for equality and against violence, can only go further” although he admitted that “all efforts would not work if not” had the work of people and groups as distinguished.
For her part, the Canarian Minister of Social Rights, Equality, Diversity and Youth, Naomi SantanaHe stressed the “importance of the 26 years of the ICI for the work of so many women and men for equality.” He also stressed that the regional government “works for real equality, with facts and more budget than ever.”
For its part, the director of the ICI, Kika Fumero, stressed that this act names and recognizes people, initiatives and projects that promote equal opportunities between women and men in the Canary Islands, highlighting the work being done to integrate equality in the educational community and that “coeducation is the weapon of mass construction against inequality”.
Fumero also said that in all the actions promoted by the ICI, “those most vulnerable, most invisible women, because they are older women, with physical or intellectual disability, migrants, lesbians, bisexuals or transgender, are already very present whose difficulties adds its status as women for which they are more exposed to violence and harassment“.
Regarding the honorary distinction to María Eugenia Monzón Perdomo, the jury of the awards wanted to recognize “the professional and personal trajectory that has contributed, decisively, continuously and relevant to equal opportunities and the eradication of gender violence in the Canary Islands, from her profession as a researcher and university professor of the aforementioned university, in the field of the Modern History of the Canary Islands and the History of Women, of great and decisive strategic value to achieve generations of professionals that allow the progress towards equality real and effective between women and men. “
Monzón has been director of the Title of the University of La Laguna –ULL– Expert in Gender and Equality Policies, she is the director of the University Master’s Degree in Gender Studies and Equality Policies of the ULL and has promoted teaching innovation projects such as’ Incorporating the gender perspective to the knowledge of Arts and Humanities through of History ‘or’ Application of the equity of university education: the gender perspective in the artistic creation classrooms’.
The award-winning Monica Isabel Rodriguez for the show ‘Women with capital letters’, who spoke at the event on behalf of all the winners, received the award for the best socio-cultural initiative because her exhibition “makes visible the ability to work and the tenacity of Canarian women , in a sample that includes from exhibitions and talks in educational centers to markets, fairs and institutional events “. It was also highlighted that it is “an expert professional photographer of eye and sensitive eyes that has shaped his gaze to the world and specifically towards the Canary Islands in various exhibitions and works “.
As for the second prize in this same category that was granted to the El Hierro Teachers Center in Valverde, it was granted for the development of various projects and activities on the island on the subject of the fight against gender violence, aimed at the youth population. Thus the value of the project of the race ‘I want to break my barriers’ is recognized, where obstacles are overcome that represent the phases of the experience of a woman who is immersed in a situation of gender violence.
Regarding the prize for the best educational project on equality, it went to the La Laguna Children’s and Primary Education Center, in Los Llanos de Aridane (La Palma), which is a member of the Canary Network of Schools for Equality. In this case the jury has recognized the coeducational projects that it carries out in the design of learning situations, the visibility of women in all areas of knowledge, work in emotional intelligence, good treatment and respect for sexual diversity.
The jury indicated that it is an educational project that “has managed to involve teachers, students and families in the fight committed to gender equality.”
Finally, the second prize in this category was for the Juan Grande Penitentiary Classroom (Las Palmas II Prison Center – San Bartolomé de Tirajana – Gran Canaria) for projects with a gender perspective: ‘Project Mercedes Pinto in coeducational key ‘, developed in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 courses, which seeks to implement an educational model from the principles of coeducation that responds to the needs of the integral development of students from a multidimensional vision that contemplates gender equality As a first order value.
The act, presented by the actress Guacimara Correa Tavío, ended with the musical interpretation of the Canary Islands anthem by a string quartet and the performance of actress Petite Lorena.