HUERCAL-OVERA is making a firm stand in favour of gender equality in March to coincide with the celebration of International Women’s Day.
Mayor Francisca Lourdes Fernandez and Equality councillor Maria del Mar Meca have presented details of a packed programme of events to mark the occasion, which are agreed with the local Women’s Association, and with particular emphasis on children and teenagers.
The programme starts on Monday March 2 with the presentation of Natalia Ortega’s book ‘Mariposas de Cristal’ (glass butterflies) at 7.30pm at the Town Hall. The following day there will be gender equality-themed storytelling for infants and junior school pupils at the Women’s Centre.
On the Wednesday Mabel Lozano’s 2015 documentary ‘Chicas Nuevas 24 horas’ focusing on the exploitation of women and girls as sex slaves will be shown to students at local institutes. In the evening another documentary by the same director will be screened for an audience over 16 the theatre at 8pm.
‘El Proxeneta’ (the pimp), looks at the true story behind brothels.
The progamme will continue on March 5 with a Yoguilates master class at 9.15am in the Parque Municipal.
On Friday 5 school children will l attend the talk ‘Mujeres sin Limites’ (women without limits) at the cinema.
The weekend meanwhile brings a social activity with a trip to the Zujar spa.
The International Women’s Day programme will close with the March for Equality on the day itself: a hike setting off from the Plaza Mayor at 11.30am, with a hearty paella at the end.
Registration for the walk is free and can be done online at www.huercal-overa.es or in person at the Women’s Centre. It is necessary to be registered on the walk to have the paella.
The Mayor encouraged local residents to take part in the different acts and activities which she said “highlight the importance of equality, with a particular focus on the municipality’s children and youngsters, at the same time as we are promoting coexistence.
All the activities are free, with the exception of the spa jolly, with registration at the women’s centre.