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Formentera adds voice to awareness push to stop sexual violence

foto-material no-i-punt-1The Social Welfare and Equality departments of the Consell de Formentera have added their names to “No i punt”. With a title translating roughly as “No means no”, the campaign is part of a joint effort by the Palma and Mallorca administrations to assure safety from sexual assault on nights out.

“Our priority to promote egalitarian and safe leisure spaces for everyone”, said equality councillor Vanessa Parellada, “spaces that are free from sexist violence and sexual or homophobic violence”. “Sexual assault must be taken seriously”, said Parellada. “The idea is that, through education and awareness, we can either prevent sexual assault outright, or catch it in time and stop it”.

Islanders can stop by a booth in la Savina this afternoon and evening (16 July) to pick up information about the ongoing festes del Carme holiday. A stand will be mounted on Saturday (20 July), too, ahead of Sant Francesc's “flower power” party: la Festa Flower.

Visitors can get information about sexual assault prevention and response as well as better practices, not to mention take an “anti-assault” test and check out “No i punt” stickers, bracelets and a banner. Volunteers will be on hand to field questions.

#nosiguisase

For the third year, the social welfare and youth offices of the Consell de Formentera are partnering in support of the “Balearic Islands' Strategy on Addictions and Drug Dependency” (PADIB) to launch the third annual #nosiguisase ("don't be dumb") outreach campaign.

Social welfare councillor Rafael Ramírez said the drive was “designed to urge sensible drinking, especially among youth, at our festival days in the Balearics, and build awareness about the dangers of alcohol abuse”.

Staff from a project of the NGO Bienestar y Desarrollo called Energy Control will be manning the stand on 20 July and handing out material like rucksacks, buttons, educational postcards, posters and water bottles with educational straps.

The Consell de Formentera will use banners to share information about the campaign on the administration's website.

16 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera unveils 'Proud to fight for equality' theme of LGTBI events programme

presentacio---lgtbi-20191Formentera Council president Alejandra Ferrer, equality and LGTBI councillor Vanessa Parellada, and department specialist Azuzena Carrasco gathered today in press conference to spotlight the bill of activities to celebrate World Pride Day. This year's LGTBIQ+ event will be celebrated 28 June under the banner “Proud to fight for equality”.

From Wednesday 26 June to Tuesday 2 July, the administration has lined up a series of cultural activities which are aimed, explained President Ferrer, at “defending everyone's right to diversity, here, and all over the world”.

Activities
Senior staff member Carrasco gave an overview of the what's on the programme. At 8.30pm on Wednesday 26 June, a film forum at Centre Gabrielet around 80 egunean (80 days), a Basque romance by José Marí Goenag and Jon Garaño about homosexual love later in life. Kathrine Wenham will present and moderate.

On Thursday 27 June, a look at Mots i Brases, a collection of poetry by Nora Albert. The Obra Cultural Balear-sponsored event will be moderated by Maria Teresa Ferrer from 8.00pm at Centre Gabrielet.

At 8.00pm on Friday 28 June, Pride Day, a talk colloquium about LGTBI representation in culture will be held at Centre Gabrielet. The gathering will feature the participation of Nora Albert, Alejandra Melero and Michel Garcia Cruz. Emeritus professor of Catalan language and literature, Albert is also a translator, award-winning poetess and literary critic. Melero is a playwright, essayist and professor of Spanish cinema. His academic work has centred on the links between film and homosexuality. Garcia, an anthologist, worked on and compiled Mañana hablarán de nosotros, an anthology of Cuban storytelling dealing with LGTBI-related issues. Espai Frumentària's Miquel Costa will present and moderate.

Rounding out the calendar is the opening session of Cinema a la fresca. The outdoor film series kicks off at 10.00pm, Tuesday 2 July 2019, with a screening of Duncan Tucker's Transamèrica, a drama about transsexuality.

Councillor Vanessa Parellada said that with this year's culture-heavy activities programme organisers were gunning to see more islanders than ever getting involved. She trumpeted the now three-year-old tradition of starting off Cinema a la fresca with a LGTBI film as proof “that diversity's in good shape here on the island”. “Unfortunately there's still work to be done to make sure each person has the right to diversity—of gender, of sexual orientation and of self. So expect the fight for equality to continue”, she said.

The three women seized the opportunity to applaud the involvement of local groups in Pride Day. Formentera's chapter of OCB, Espai Frumentària, Eivissa-based sa Clau de s'Armari and additional collaborators all helped make the activities programme a reality.

19 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Council teams up with Espai Dones Formentera

foto-conveni-espai-dones prems1CiF chair Jaume Ferrer sat down with Espai Dones president Dolores Fernández to sign a partnership agreement between the two entities to sponsor initiatives promoting equality and gender violence prevention in 2019.

With a €3,000 grant from the Council the local chapter of Espai Dones will stimulate engagement and organise programming that pushes issues like gender equality and gender violence prevention into the public consciousness. To get there, the association pledges to host education and public awareness activities around equality and women's rights.


April 2, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Parents talk about school bullying

suportweb-1-The social welfare division of the Formentera Council reports that at 6.00pm on Thursday, May 30, the multipurpose room of the island's dependent care facility will play host to a talk for parents titled “How to keep our children from becoming a victim of bullying at school”. The conference will be presented by community liaison Aurora Cantero and police liaison officer Pilar Daviu.

Conversation at the event will focus on tools children can use to prevent violence in the classroom, what fits under the bullying banner (and what doesn't), what to do if you find out bullying is going on and what consequences violence has. The gathering is part of the social welfare office's Family Support Group and daycare will be provided.


May 28, 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Formentera takes part in premiere Balearic Child Friendly City day

foto-jornada-unicef1CiF social welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada participated today in UNICEF's “Building municipal networks to promote rights of the child”, a day-long event for Child Friendly Cities in the Balearic Islands.

Parellada sat for the round-table “Sharing good practices for Child Friendly Cities”, where she reported on work within the Formentera Council, a Child Friendly City since 2014. The councillor also underscored coordination between CiF offices to propose integrated initiatives for children and youth that foment recreation options on the island.

Parellada continued by highlighting efforts to boost young people's participation, holding up youth plenary sessions celebrated twice yearly at the Council seat.

“This is not the 'invest in our future because kids are the adults of tomorrow' talk”, said the councillor. “We're saying youth deserve a place at the table by virtue of their worthiness as human beings”. She continued by saying kids “should engage in civic life and bring their own outlook—those optics are often to thank for adults learning important lessons. Sometimes it's about obvious stuff, like recycling, and sometimes it's something that makes perfect sense...but that we adults seem to have forgotten”.

Parellada saluted the collaboration of the departments of the Council in renewing the island's Child Friendly Cities bid and pushing forward with the initiative. She celebrated the work of associations that work with children, giving a special nod to groups that work around functional diversity and offered concluding praise to sports clubs, schools and Formentera's other social stakeholders.


Consell de Formentera
Àrea de Comunicació
March 21, 2019

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