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The training meeting on Gender Violence and Adolescence took place in Los Llanos de Aridane.

The organisation Opciónate participated in La Palma in the Training Conference on Gender Violence and Adolescence ‘Connecting with your Reality’, organised on 9 and 10 November 2023 by the Social Action Service of the Cabildo of La Palma and the Canary Islands Institute for Equality.
The meeting took place in the Benahoarita Archaeological Museum, in Los Llanos de Aridane, and was aimed primarily at professionals in the fields of prevention, psychological and social intervention, health, education, State Security Forces and specialists in other areas who work, directly or indirectly, with gender violence and adolescents.

The director of Opciónate, Ana Lydia Fernández-Layos, participated in the programme with a talk on ‘How to prevent and act against cyber-violence’. She also took advantage of her presence at the event to present the Island Service for the Prevention of and Attention to Gender-based Cyber-violence (SIPACM), funded by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria through the Department of Equality and coordinated by Opciónate.

Also offering their professional vision in Los Llanos de Aridane were the psychologist Olga Barroso, who addressed ‘The reality of gender violence and adolescence today’, as well as the psychologist Paula Roldán, who gave a talk entitled ‘Tell me another story’, and Francisco Vidal Beneyto, the dean prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of La Palma.

The conference also featured the participation of Lluis Ballester, PhD in Philosophy and Sociology, who delved into the ‘Impact of pornography use among young people’ and also ‘The increase of Sexual Exploitation in Childhood and Adolescence (ESIA)’, just before Nira Santana, a graduate in Fine Arts and Master in Feminist Studies, Equality Policies and Gender Violence, took the floor with the conference ‘How they play video games’.

The conference was designed to respond to some of the main challenges included in the Strategic Plan for Equality and Prevention and Attention to Gender Violence of the so-called ‘beautiful island’.