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Islanders get guidance on using digital communications sensibly

cartell 2020 Xerrada prevencio en ticThe Formentera Social Welfare Department is inviting local families to attend a talk regarding sensible use of communications technology, a limited capacity event programmed at 8.30pm, 26 November, in the Sant Ferran islamic centre. Reservations are required and may be made by phone, WhatsApp or email (prestauratives@conselldeformentera.cat).

10 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera unveils activities programme aiming to combat gender violence by building awareness

foto 2020 dia eliminacio violencia donesConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and local chief of equality and LGTBI affairs Vanessa Parellada sat down with the chair of Espai Dones, Dolores Fernández Tamargo, to present the programme for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November.

Ferrer applauded Espai Dones for putting together a “wide-ranging bill of activities which, stretching from 2 to 25 November, is nearly a month long”. On the calendar are courses on violence prevention, theatre, a film screening, an exhibition and a round-table discussion.

“A sweeping programme of education and political engagement to tackle gender violence was crucial”, said Ferrer, “especially this year, given the violence so many women have faced and continue to face as a result of the Covid-19 crisis and the increased time at home with their aggressors”. The president pointed out that women are on the front lines of every crisis, and offered up the Consell’s entire battery of services in their support.

The programme:

2–6 November, daily
5.00pm–9.00pm: Preventing sexual violence in sports
Aula de formació, Centre d’Esports Nàutics

Saturday 7 November
8.30pm: Frida. New theatre.
Enlisting human emotions, directors Marie Tholon and Adriana Aguilar take audiences on a trip across the formative life stages and trials of an artist-turned-feminist icon.
Running time: 60 minutes
Admission: €7 (general) / €5 (youth) / Free (the unemployed and inactive freelancers)
Sala de Cultura (Cinema)

Friday 20 / Sunday 22 November
8.30pm & 8.00pm (respectively): Paula Cons’ La isla de las mentiras (2020), based on real events
Sala de Cultura (Cinema)

Monday 23 November
6.00pm: Opening night—Yolanda Domínguez’s Little Black Dress
A reflection on gender and social consciousness, a critique of the representation of women in fashion, an invitation to embrace diversity.
Sala d’Exposicions “Ajuntament Vell”

Tuesday 24 November
7.00pm: Conversations—Changing our images, changing our world
Yolanda Domínguez guides participants in an analysis of recent media images and Domínguez’s own recent visual work.
Aula de formació, Centre d’Esports Nàutics [La Savina]

25 November
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women begins at 11.00am with an information stand in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució where visitors can help make and hang signs.

Entertainment starts at 4.30pm with Bloco Colubraria’s batucada drum performance, followed by a 5.00pm rally with Covid-19 protocol in place. Women may volunteer to share written work. A reading will then be given of the manifesto, with a representation of Chilean group LASTESIS’ “The Rapist in Your Path”.

Equality director Vanessa Parellada indicated that Covid-19 sanitary measures would be in place at every activity, and highlighted a crosscutting organising approach that included Espai Dones and numerous departments of the Consell de Formentera—“because we need to tackle gender violence on as many fronts as possible”. Finally, Parellada asked islanders to be vigilant and take action if they see gender violence: “It’s not a personal problem and it’s not a family problem. It’s a social problem, so looking away isn’t going to work. We need everyone to take an active role”, she said.

29 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell unveils latest round of social and cultural integration course for immigrants

cartell 2020 curs integracioThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that open enrolment runs today through 30 October for the fourteenth round of a free course seeking to promote the social and cultural integration of participating students. The Balearic government offers those who successfully complete the course a report accrediting their ambition to integrate, and instruction is tailored to help individuals who are preparing for the CCSE citizenship test. Encouraging local immigrants to take part, department chief Rafael Ramírez trumpeted the course as a double boost to participants, helping them integrate in society and stay on the right side of administrative paperwork”.

Public health imperatives mean class size will go from 15 to 12, and spaces will be awarded by order of enrolment. Individuals interested in signing up should inquire at the social welfare office during regular office hours, 9.00am to 2.00pm. A valid ID (temporary residence card or passport) is required for registration.

The course will be conducted over 20 hours in two weekly sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30 to 7.00pm, and will be held in the large classroom of the Escola d’Adults.

Instructor Dolores Fernández Tamargo will cover topics including Spain’s constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others.

26 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera sets Covid-19 protocol at Sant Francesc cemetery on All Saints’ Day

foto 2020 cementiriThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that specific protocol are being prepared for the Sant Francesc municipal cemetery ahead of the upcoming Tots Sants, or All Saints’ Day. Expanded hours have been announced as well: Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November from 9.00am to 2.00pm and 4.00pm to 9.00pm. Standard 9.00am to 6.30pm hours will be observed the days immediately before and after the holiday.

Department chief Rafael Ramírez said the measures were about ensuring the holiday unfolds as usual and safely. To make sure that happens, Ramírez indicated that capacity would be monitored and one-way circuits established in the cemetery. “It’s important islanders are able to pay tribute to their families during these traditional days of cemetery visits”, the conseller insisted.

The cemetery’s maximum capacity has been set at 250 so visitors can keep a safe 1.5 metre berth from one another. Visitors will be asked to stagger entry and exit and the process will be carried out in an orderly fashion, again, respecting one-way circuits. Supervision of access points will be handled by members of civil protection, Consell staff and officers of Formentera Local Police.

Ramírez encouraged everyone who could to schedule early visits to the cemetery to avoid crowding. Capacity at the traditional Mass in the cemetery on 2 November will be limited to fifty people. The premises will be disinfected frequently and public health measures like physical distancing, mandatory masks and hand washing will be enforced.

22 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

cartell TOTS SANTS 2020

Discussion-debate: ‘Leveraging public policy to depathologise trans* identities’

cartell 2020 dia transThe Formentera Department of Equality and LGTBI Affairs reports that this Thursday 22 October, the Consell de Formentera invites islanders to a 7.00pm discussion-debate hosted by Lena Castells on the role of public policy in depathologising trans* identities. Castells heads the branch of the Balearic Islands’ Office of Rights and Diversity that is responsible for coordination and support around sexual and gender diversity.

The gathering will take place in the Consell conference hall (sala d’Actes) and is open to all, although space will be limited. A live-casting of the event is also in the works so that politicians and representatives of LGTBIQ+ groups across the Balearics can tune in as well. “Indeed, they’ll have more to say on the subject than anyone”, predicted Formentera equality and LGTBI chief Vanessa Parellada.

The consellera said it would be the first time Formentera became the stage of a debate involving political leaders and LGTBI associations from across the islands. “Government is always one step behind community groups and civil society”, admitted Parellada, who underscored the importance of “spaces like this one so we can find out first hand what’s expected of us, what needs are out there. It’s good because it pushes us and helps us shape strategy collectively so we can move closer to equal rights for everyone, regardless of gender identity.”

20 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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