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Throughout the month of November there will be theatre, cinema, music, exhibitions and a conference

Thursday 6th November 2014


Details have been announced for the programme of events scheduled throughout the month of November which will mark the town's annual commitment to the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women which falls on November 25th each year and has been officially recognised as a day to combat and raise awareness of gender violence since 1999. Councillor Empar Bolufer (Equality) detailed the events during the month which include theatre, cinema, music, and exhibition and a special conference.

Most of the activities will be taking place between Thursday 20th November and Friday 28th November either side of the day itself. This week-long schedule opens with a presentation of "lipdub" that has been prepared by the Department of Equality with the collaboration of several associations and will include the song "Se acabaron las lágrimas" by the singer Huecco, a hymn against gender violence, which will be an audiovisual contribution from someone committed to the cause. This special evening will be taking place on Thursday 20th November at 7.00pm at the Casa del Cultura in Plaça del Baix in the heart of the historic centre of Jávea and will also be attended by Sara Gayà from the courts in Dénia.

On Friday 21st November at 7.30pm, a new exhibition entitled "Mujeres bajo sospecha" will be inaugurated at the Soler Blasco municipal museum in Calle Primicies just a few hundred metres from the centre of town and this will be open to the public until January 6th 2015. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10.00am to 1.00pm and 5.00pm to 8.00pm whilst Saturday, Sunday and fiesta days have a morning session only between 10.00am and 1.00pm. It is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

On Monday 24th November and Tuesday 25th November at 8.00pm in the Casa del Cultura, there will be a showing of a series of short films relating to gender violence, including "Cuando Todo Pase", "Primer Domingo de Mayo", "Desayuno con Diadema", "Mamás y Papás" and "Duelo en Tonro a una Piruleta". Also on Tuesday 25th November at 1.00pm, there will be the annual reading of the manifesto in front of the Ayuntamiento building which will condemn violence against women and remember the victims.

On Thursday 27th November the activities will close with a collection of signatures supporting the "Vacuna't contra la violencia" campaign at the weekly market in Plaza de la Constitución and a concert entitled "Original i Femeni" on Friday 28th November at 8.00pm in the Casa del Cultura. There are also a number of co-educational workshops throughout the education centres in Jávea which will be offered by UNED as well as a workshop for municipal officials.

Councillor Bolufer added that, in addition to these awareness activities, the Ayuntamiento will be providing special workshops at the schools and the Centro Social in Plaza de la Constutución will have a team consisting of a lawyer, a social worker and a psychologist which will provide free and confidential advice and help to women suffering from abuse.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
On December 17th 1999, UN Resolution 54/134 established November 25th as a day to raise public awareness of the problem of violence against women across the world, inviting governments, international organisations and NGOs to organise appropriate activities to do so. The date is based on the assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic who were ordered killed by dictator Rafael Trujillo on November 25th 1960. The UN sees violence against women as a human rights violation which is preventable. It is a sad statistic that up to 70% of women experience violence during their lifetime and of the two million people who are trafficked annually into situations including prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude, women and girls account for some 80% of the detected victims. In the United States, intimate partner violence costs the country almost $6 million (4.8 billion euros) in direct medical and health care services and productivity losses.


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