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Inauguration of a sculpture in Cantoria in memory of Maite Corral’s ‘smile and light’.

She died in May this year as a victim of gender violence and was a former SAE worker
She died in May this year as a victim of gender violence and was a former SAE worker.

A sculpture with the slogan ‘Woman with an eternal smile, you will continue to be our light’ was unveiled today in Cantoria, in the gardens in front of the Andalusian Employment Service (SAE) office, as a tribute and memorial to Maite Corral, who died as a victim of gender violence last May, and who worked for five years managing this office and then as director of the Territorial Area Levante-Norte of the SAE.

The unveiling of the sculpture, which was made by the CRN de Piedra Natural Escuela del Mármol de Fines, was attended by the delegate of the Andalusian Government, Aránzazu Martín; the provincial director of the SAE and territorial delegate of Employment, Enterprise and Self-Employment, Amós García; and the mayoress of Cantoria, Purificación Sánchez.

Also in attendance were Maite Corral’s relatives; members of the local corporation of Cantoria; the director and workers of the SAE Office of this municipality; the mayors of Líjar, Sergio Sánchez and Tíjola, José Juan Martínez, as well as councillors from the area of influence of the aforementioned office such as Albanchez, Chercos, Cóbdar, Líjar and Partaloa. Also present were representatives of the Tíjola Town Council, where she lived, and of the Community Services Centre of the Provincial Council located in Cantoria.

Maite Corral was a civil servant in the A-12 senior medical corps. Her professional career in the Andalusian Employment Service began in the SAE Office in Olula del Río in 2005. Between 2011 and 2016 she managed the SAE office in Cantoria and since November of that year she was the director of the Territorial Employment Area Levante-North of Almeria.

The delegate of the Andalusian Government in Almeria has assured that “we wanted to pay this tribute to show our absolute rejection of gender violence and to remember Maite, a beloved and exemplary worker”.

Martín stressed that “the Andalusian Regional Government does not want this type of incident to go unpunished, which is why we work every day to eradicate a social scourge that is causing great harm to society, which hurts us women, but also our children, who are also victims of these murders”. He recalled that “from the Junta de Andalucía we offer society all our human and technical resources, advice, training, workshops, and above all the close attention of our professionals to prevent events such as Maite’s from happening again”.

Amós García, who thanked the Cantoria Town Council for their collaboration in the installation of the sculpture, highlighted “Maite’s many virtues as a professional and as a person. Her work was impeccable. Diligent, always willing, she carried out her work with dedication and enthusiasm to achieve her goals and contribute to the creation of employment in the Almanzora region”.

“Her closeness, encouragement and willingness to help others in everything in her power and always without forgetting the human side of her work, giving value to the people she cared for. Professionals like her are an example to follow for all of us who dedicate ourselves to public service. In short, it has been a good fortune for those who have dealt with her to see Maite’s professional and human value”, added García Hueso.

“We must all be united so that this scourge of gender violence ceases to exist in our society. It is in the hands of each and every one of us to take steps to prevent this unbearable violence, with education, awareness, protection and care for the victims”, remarked the territorial delegate for Employment.

The provincial deputy for Equality and Families, Nuria Rodríguez, pointed out that “on such a special day, the Diputación de Almería wanted to be present at this event dedicated to Maite”. She added that “the administrations have to be united to continue working in the fight against this scourge and with this sculpture we pay tribute to Maite and all victims of gender violence”. For her part, the mayoress of Cantoria, Purificación Sánchez, also wanted to highlight the value of Maite Corral because of how loved she has been and is in the region, as well as for her commitment and dedication in the different centres where she has worked”.


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