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Adeje council honours health workers in this year’s Abinque award 

The prize is given annually to an individual or group of women who have, through their work and dedication, advanced the movement for real equality between women and men

The
Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga has announced the winners of the 2021
Abinque prize, given annually to an individual or group of women who have,
through their work and dedication, advanced the movement for real equality
between women and men.  This year’s winners are the women who work in
health care in the borough, both in the Adeje and Armeñime health centres, from
directors to doctors, nurses, auxiliary workers, administration and laboratory
personnel, midwives, and sanitation staff.

The
mayor said, “This year we are granting the Abinque prize to a group of women
who direct, manage and oversee our health centres.  Fundamentally they, as
health professionals, have broken the glass ceiling, something seen as
virtually impossible not so long ago”.

In
this regard José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga observed, “In Adeje we have two women as
the directors of both the Adeje Centre and the Armeñime Clinic and without a
doubt their management has been notable, not just in the day to day running of
the centres but the work they and their teams have done, beyond their usual
duties, during the course of this pandemic.

“Even
though the care sector has always had a female presence, and in the past
certain tasks were seen as done only by women, it is still only relatively
recently that women professionals in the sector are valued, properly paid, and
recognised for what they are, professionals who need to occupy positions of
leadership because they are more than capable”, said the mayor.

The
Abinque prize is an initiate of the departments of health and equality,
currently headed up by councillors Amada Trujillo Bencomo and Juan Desiderio
Afonso Ruiz respectively.  The prize this year recognises those who have
been active and meriting recognition not just in 2020 but into 2021 as well,
the months and years marked by the Covid-19 pandemic.

All
of the women who are included in this year’s prize have been on the front line
during this health crisis; these are the people we applauded during the months
of lockdown last year. They were the ones who led, who had to merge their
commitments to their family as well as their professional lives to be in a
position to care for those in need.

By
recognising this group of women, all playing an important part in the health
service, we are also highlighting the kind of pressure the health service has
been under as a result of the pandemic, creating increasingly difficult
conditions for those working in the sector, many who work long hours and days
placing themselves in danger on a regular basis.

DATA

The
reality in Spain and in the Spanish health sector is that the area of health
science is where most women do find alternative work. 

According
to a report by the Spanish department of employment and social economy – “The
situation regarding women in the labour market, 2019”- the sectors in which
more women are working are: services sector (8 million women) in commerce,
health, hostelry, and education, with low representation in the industrial and
construction sectors.  Advances in female employment in 2019 have been
concentrated in professional areas, the manufacturing industry, public
administration.

The
report also shows that of the women who opt to work in the professional and
scientific sectors, a majority are in mid-level positions although they are in
the majority in their sectors, which top director positions held by men, in 2/3
of cases.  In 2018 the data indicated that 76% of women had bosses but no
subordinates, against 63% of men. 

More
women are also in part-time work – nearly 3 in every 4, and that has risen by
4% during the  pandemic.  The number of women reduced to part-time
work choices increases with maternity and depending on the number of children
in a family too.

The
number of female entrepreneurs is low – only 6% of the sector overall. 
Spain is currently holding a mid-table place in this regard in comparison to
their European neighbours, behind countries like Luxembourg, Holland, Austria
and Ireland.

The
salary gap in Spain in 2018 stood at 14%, 1.9 points below the European
average, and in fact in this regard Spain is the country where the gap has
shrunk most since 2012 in the Eurozone.

Previous
Abinque winners

2004 –Tenerife Housekeepers Association (hotel industry)

2005 – Union of Saharan Women

2006 – Orbelinda Pérez Medina, educator

2007 – Ana Oneida Borges Medina, president, Asociación
San Juan

2008 – Amada Trujillo Bencomo, paediatrician

2009 – Volunteer home visitors.

2010 – Rosa María Medina García, volunteer

2011 – Tomato and banana packers

2012 – Limpiezas Domínguez and teams

2013- María Isabel Fernández González, founder and
director of the Niño de Adeje creche

2014 – Brigitte Gypen, founder of Walk for Life

2015- Adeje’s oldest female residents

2016 – Alexandra Rinder, Adeje’s youngest elite sportstar

2017- Ángeles Nieves García Rodríguez, Montesdeoca
artesan cheeses

2018- Adeje Equality Council.

2019 – Rosa María Pérez Meiriño, singer and music
professor

2020 – Cristina Lorenzo Ibáñez, marine biologist and
marine conservationist

2021 – Women in the Adeje and Armeñime health centres