Redován 23/2/2022. Redován Town Council, through the Department of Social Services, has prepared an extensive programme of activities to celebrate Women’s Month. In this way, the commemoration of 8M, International Women’s Day, will be extended to the whole month of March. The councillor for Social Services, Marisol Ibáñez, and the mayoress of Redován, Nely Ruiz, today presented the programme of events which begins on 6 March with the naming of Redován Women 2022, which will take place at 11.30 am in the Town Hall Plenary Hall.

The mayoress explained that this year “in which it seems that we are beginning to emerge from the pandemic that has prevented us from celebrating Women’s Month as we would have liked in previous years, we wanted to highlight the role of women in the health system”. Hence both the photographic exhibition ‘Women of Redován’ and the naming of Redován Women 2022 will focus this year on healthcare professionals in all job positions from doctors to nurses, assistants, lightning technicians, cooks, cleaners, managers, receptionists, etc.

Nely Ruiz announced that the Redován Town Council “will present the Mujer 2022 award to Doctor María Ballester, a native of Redován who carries out her daily work as an oncologist at the Vega Baja Hospital, focusing on breast and gynaecological cancer”. María Ballester has been trained in this field since the beginning of her professional career in the Medical Oncology Service of the General University Hospital of Elche. During these years she has continued her training and has a Master’s Degree in Medical and Surgical Research and a Specialised Master’s Degree from the Spanish Society of Oncology. In addition, he has participated in various research projects and scientific publications, receiving in 2016 the second national prize in the Oncology Clinical Case Competition.

Marisol Ibáñez specified that the entire programme is part of the Vital campaign of the La Vega Association of Social Services, to which Redován belongs, and which is aimed at highlighting the care work that falls to women. The councillor explained the rest of the activities. On 7 March at 19.30 hours and in online mode, there will be a session of Feminist Reading Club that will focus on the book ‘Tsunami: Feminist Perspectives’. On 10 March the Social Centre for the Elderly will host a workshop on female sexuality, while on Friday 11 March there will be a stand at the Friday market where information on equality will be handed out. Equality Market: The value of care’ will be the slogan on the stand that will be open all morning at the market.

“On the 11th we also have one of the main events of this month, with the dinner that we will share in Salones Thamesis,” said the councillor, who recalled that there is a deadline until 7 March to sign up through the Aracelia (650 219 570) and Redován Women’s Association (667 863 378). “We will share an evening full of surprises and very lively with DJ Marcos and Víctor Sigüenza and the performance of Miriam and Fátima,” explained Ibáñez.

Regarding the photographic exhibition ‘Mujeres trabajadoras de Redován’, the inauguration will take place on 12.30 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall of the Social Centre. Although it was originally planned to have around 30 photos, this exhibition has become much bigger “as there are many women in Redován who work at all levels of the health sector and who have wanted to participate”, said the councillor, who hopes that all of them, those who are in the photos and those who are not, can see themselves reflected in them.

On 16 March the Social Centre for the Elderly will host a laughter therapy workshop at eight o’clock in the evening aimed at women, and on the 17th it will be the turn of the ‘Educating for equality’ workshop at the Sagrados Corazones school. On 24th March, the activity will return to the Social Centre for the Elderly, with the talk ‘Slowlife. Learn to slow down’ and we finish the month with the Emotional Wellbeing workshop on the 30th, also at the Social Centre for the Elderly at eight o’clock in the evening.

“We are also planning a trip to visit the neighbouring city of Murcia and its many cultural elements on the 26th of March,” said the councillor. Marisol Ibáñez predicted the success of all these activities “because every day, the women of Redován show that they want to be active and have the same opportunities as men, and from the Town Hall we are working to provide them with the necessary tools to develop themselves without having to leave Redován”.

The councillor for Social Services thanked the women’s associations of Redován and the La Vega Association of Social Services for their collaboration in the development of this extensive programme.