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Opciónate highlights the importance of accompaniment in the webinar of the ‘Women who take care of themselves’ programme.

“It is necessary to break down the barriers between young people and their adults in order to reach them and prevent gender-based violence and cyber-violence and provide adequate support when they suffer from it”. This was one of the messages launched by the director of the organisation Opciónate, Ana Lidia Fernández-Layos, during her intervention in the webinar of the ‘Women who care’ programme.

This participation took place on 16 November as part of the initiative of the General Directorate of Public Health of the Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid, financed with funds from the State Pact against Gender Violence and developed by the Women and Cooperation Institute.
Together with Fernández-Layos, a specialist in gender equality and development and emotional intelligence and a Gestalt therapist, the project technician of the Federación Mujeres Jóvenes, Roma De Las Heras, a sexologist specialising in the prevention of violence and the promotion of gender equality and diversity, also intervened.

The founder of Opciónate, the coordinating body of the Gran Canaria Island Service for the Prevention and Attention to gender-based cyber-violence, financed by the Cabildo’s Department of Equality, also stressed, coinciding with Roma De las Heras’ assessments, that “affective and sexual education must be promoted for prevention and to break the perception of helplessness, as well as the impression of impunity, disseminating jurisprudence and convictions, as well as adequate support for the girls affected”.

The ‘Women taking care of themselves’ programme explores the field of health promotion for young women from a gender perspective through virtual events in which to learn, debate and share together. The webinars can be followed openly through the Zoom platform and are also recorded so that those who cannot connect live can watch them on a recorded version at https://www.mujeresquesecuidan.es/webinars-y-conversatorios/.

Health promotion among young women is developed from a non-judgemental perspective and seeks to complement the attention focused on risk, by placing value on the responsibility of taking care of one’s own body and promoting self-care habits at all levels.