The Mayor of Benalmádena, Víctor Navas, hosted a meeting with representatives of the Democratic Women's Movement (MDM) in Benalmádena last week. The MDM works to raise awareness on issues such as gender-based violence and the group aired various concerns about the growing number of female victims of gender abuse. "We will analyse the measures taken by the different institutions to combat this problem," promised the mayor.
One of the commitments of the meeting was to enhance collaboration between MDM and the municipal Centro de la Mujer in order to offer an effective network of support to abused women.
The meeting also supported a motion to name some of the town's streets after illustrious women; the first will be Josefina Samper, a historical figure of political activism who died earlier this year.
In a separate initiative, the town hall announced plans for a new grant for projects that promote equality between women and men. The grants are aimed at charity associations and non-profit organisations based in Benalmádena. The town hall is offering up to 20,000 euros for projects that the promote equality in education; the prevention and intervention of gender-based violence; and the promotion of women's participation in social, political, economic and sports life.
Proposals for grants must be submitted to the town hall by Thursday 15 November.