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Theatre as awareness-raising and prevention of male violence, inequality and racism

Success of ‘Una línea en el horizonte’, a play performed by the minors of Purchena’s protection centres.

Minors from the protection and shelter centres of El Valle and Los Cármenes de Purchena have been the protagonists of ‘Una línea en el horizonte’ (A line on the horizon), a play that was sold out at the local theatre. It is a performance that aims to raise awareness of male violence, inequality and racism directed by Antonio Lucas. This activity has had the support and collaboration of the Territorial Delegation of Equality, Social Policies and Conciliation, the Purchena Town Council and the Almanzora Women’s Federation, with the aim of raising awareness of the situation of these unaccompanied minors.

The play tells the story of a group of underage girls living in a centre, based on their daily lives and intermingled with their dreams and frustrations. The action begins when they learn of the possible closure of the centre for economic reasons and decide to take action to prevent them from being separated again. A real challenge for 20 teenagers with language difficulties, who have never been on stage before. A musical drama that speaks of overcoming, of friendship, of fear of the future that brings us closer to real problems such as the violence suffered by minors of foreign origin in the face of the fierce demand of the system of sexual exploitation of women. A play that delves into immigration, poverty, racism and human trafficking, and that works as a window to discover the work of the centres for minors, managed by the InterProde Association, and to verify that they are fundamental to protect these girls and boys.

The inauguration was attended by the territorial delegate for Equality, Social Policies and Conciliation, Rafael Pasamontes, the mayor of Purchena, Juan Miguel Tortosa Conchillo, and the president of the Federation of Women of the Almanzora (Femaxi), Remedios Serrano, who highlighted the importance of institutional collaboration to preserve public resources that provide minors with protection and tools so that they can have a dignified life and develop pioneering awareness and training projects such as this one, without forgetting the jobs that are generated, which are essential to maintain or even increase the population in smaller municipalities, such as Purchena.

Coeducation

The idea of including theatre as a didactic tool arose from the request of the girls themselves, who expressed their desire in the conclusions of the project “The Garden of Equality”, which was carried out last year by the Purchena Town Council with funding from the State Pact against Gender Violence in collaboration with Femaxi. As a result of this collaboration and thanks to the funding of the project “Coeducaiguales, coeducation for a global citizenship”, by the Directorate General of Gender Violence, Equal Treatment and Diversity of the Andalusian Regional Government of the Ministry of Equality, Social Policies and Conciliation, which has allowed the development of a much broader training programme that includes the use of theatre as a training tool for awareness, prevention and eradication of gender violence.

The event was attended by the programme advisor of the Andalusian Women’s Institute in Almería, María Montagut and the members of the theatre group La Alcazaba de Baza, survivors of gender violence who months ago premiered ‘Casa de Muñecas’ in Purchena, a theatrical production that served as an example of therapeutic empowerment, recovery of self-esteem and preventive training against gender violence. During the premiere, they were accompanied by some of their teachers from the Instituto de Estudios Entre Sierras de Purchena and the staff of the centres.

At the end of the performance, Pasamontes wanted to announce the support of the territorial Delegation so that the project continues to grow and can also be presented in the Maestro Padilla auditorium in Almería, which was “a pleasant surprise” for the minors of the Purchena centres, who welcomed the news with joy and enthusiasm.

 

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