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Formentera hosts closing event of Feminist Classrooms

foto 2022ix aules feministes 2Today Formentera was the scene of the last day of Feminist Classrooms (Aules Feministes), which was attended by Ángela Rodríguez, state secretary for equality; Ana Juan, Consell de Formentera president and councillor of equality; Gloria Santiago, vice-president of the Balearic parliament; Mercedes Garrido, councillor of presidency, public function and equality; Maria Duran i Febrer, director of the Institut Balear de la Dona (Ibdona), as well as the deputy for Formentera, Antonio J. Sanz, the vice president of the Consell, Susana Labrador, and Councillors Vanessa Parellada and Paula Ferrer, among other authorities.

The closing ceremony, held in the Sala de Cultura and presented by President Juan, consisted of a presentation from journalist Montserrat Boix on equality plans in the public media, and a space to share good practices in efforts by public administrations to close the wage gap.

President Juan highlighted "the great social advances women have made in gender equality in recent years with progressive policies, but there is still a long way to go". According to Juan, "we must not lose sight of helping women to develop their life project in equality and that is why it is very important to make this work visible".

This year's Aules Feministes were held under the title "Economics for Equality: The Feminist Agenda". Aules Feministes started in 2020 as a space for reflection on feminism and its transformative power.

10 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera to close third Feminist Classrooms

foto 2022viii aules femenistesToday Ana Juan, president and councillor of equality, and Maria Duran i Febrer, director of the Balearic Institute of Women (Institut Balear de la Dona, IBDONA), presented the third Feminist Classrooms (Aules Feministes) of Eivissa and Formentera. The programme will run 8 to 10 September, with Saturday's closing event taking place on Formentera.

This year, under the title "Economics for Equality: The Feminist Agenda", the aim is to make the economy more accessible to women and ensure that it considers the needs and values of women. Gender and labour reforms, the salary gap, the knowledge economy, the effects of digitalisation on women, co-responsibility and work-life balance are just some of the topics that will be discussed.

Lectures will be attended by feminist figures and prominent gender equality campaigners from social and academic realms. Participants will include Ana de Miguel, philosopher; Carmen Castro, doctor of economics and expert on Europe; Cecilia Castaño, emeritus professor, and Ada Santana, president of Federación Mujeres Jóvenes, with journalist Montserrat Boix also on hand to give a lecture.

President Juan cast Aules Feministes as "an arena for discussion and a very necessary loudspeaker for women in our society. Initiatives like these are vital". Referring to this year's theme, Juan added, "Recent years' sweeping social advances and progressive policies around gender equality must also be brought to the workplace, because there is still a long way to go to close the salary gap".

According to Maria Duran, "now more than ever, in these times of uncertainty, we need to make sure that women are a critical mass within the economy". "At least 35% of female workers should be in senior and middle management positions", she asserted.

In 2020, Aules Feministes began on Eivissa and Formentera as a space for reflection on feminism and its transformative power. The event poster depicts to two women key to the history of feminism: Olympe de Gouges, who, in 1791, in the midst of the French Revolution, penned the first Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen, and Mary Wollstonecraft, who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman one year later.

The lectures will begin Thursday 8 September at Espai Cultural Can Ventosa with a round table on gender and labour reforms. Participants will include Iago Negueruela, minister of economic model, tourism and labour; Francisca Garí, secretary of social policies and equality of UGT Illes Balears; Eva Cerdeiriña, secretary of public policies and workplace health for the Balearic chapter of Workers' Commissions (Comisiones Obreras, CCOO); Dolores Fernández, president of Espai Dones Formentera, and Mariví Mengual, president of Eivissa Progressive Women's Association.

The day will end with a presentation of two studies: "Amnesiac sexual violence in the Balearic Islands" and "Gender violence in the judicial treatment of women and their underage children in family proceedings (2021)".

Continuing on Friday 9 September, presentations will reflect on the infrastructure of the economy, keys to an egalitarian, the feminist economy, digitalisation and gender and challenges faced by young women. The day will close with "La palabra y la música: Tools to stop violence against women", a performance by singer Lourdes Pastor and guitarist Melón Jiménez.

Saturday 10 September on Formentera
As the programme moves to Formentera's Sala de Cultura on Saturday 10 September, journalist Montserrat Boix will speak about equality plans in the public media and another presentation will highlight good practices in the struggle to close the salary gap in the public sector. The event will be presented by Ana Juan.

Aules Feministes of Eivissa and Formentera are open to all.

To register click this link. To watch online, visit the Aules Feministes of Eivissa and Formentera YouTube channel.
The IBDONA chief applauded the Consell d'Eivissa, Consell de Formentera and Ajuntament d'Eivissa for collaborating in organising the programme.

1 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

New research grant for local research to reclaim women's place in history

The Formentera Office of Equality is pleased to report that, until 6 September, islanders are invited to apply for a new grant for research recognising the historical role women of all ages on Formentera.

Ana Juan, the president and councillor of equality, was proud to unveil a grant that "promotes scientific research around equality and the recognition of women's role in history". The grant recipient will receive €8,000.

This grant is included among the objectives and actions set out in Formentera's First Plan for Gender Equality (2019-2022). Pillar 3: Towards a more egalitarian culture, and objective 3.1: Increase training around gender mainstreaming.

This grant is open to adults with a bachelor's degree or higher. Applicants may apply individually or as part of a research team.

The grant will be awarded on a competitive basis and the rules have been published in the Official Gazette of the Balearic Islands (BOIB) and Consell de Formentera website.

Applications may be submitted in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or electronically through the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC).

8 August 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Consell de Formentera staff trained on sexual, family and gender diversity

foto 2022 formacio genere BThis week the Formentera Office of Equality is conducting trainings and work sessions for islanders, Consell de Formentera staff and policy makers. These actions are part of the Sexual, Family and Gender Diversity Plan and the programme for Pride Day.

Today it was the turn of Consell personnel and tomorrow Thursday 30 June, at 5.00pm, a working session for citizens will take place in the plenary hall of local government. The Consell is currently working on the island's first Plan for Sexual, Family and Gender Diversity. The overarching goal of this technical proposal is to develop a report to promote equality and stop discrimination of LGTBI people. Participants will help to ensure a plan that is tailored for Formentera. To sign up or ask questions, contact igualtat@conselldeformentera.cat.

29 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Workshops, lectures, gymkhana, music and cinema to celebrate Pride Day on Formentera

On Tuesday 28 June, Formentera will celebrate International LGBTIQA+ Pride Day under the slogan "Proud to fight for equality". The Formentera Office of Equality has prepared a series of activities which, according to Ana Juan, president of the Consell and councillor of equality, "are designed to raise awareness, give islanders a voice and highlight the rights and realities of the local community". President Juan hoped that residents "enjoy these activities", some of which "will serve to train municipal employees and elected officials under Formentera's Equality Plan in development since last year".

Family gymkhana

The activities will begin 28 June at 5.00pm in Sant Francesc square, with a gymkhana led by ALAS. Contact igualtat@conselldeformentera.cat to sign up or ask questions.

Cinema a la fresca

As part of Cinema a la fresca, Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Woman on Fire (France, 2019) will be shown Tuesday at 10.00pm in Jardí de ses Eres.

La Mare concert

Wednesday 29 June at 10.00pm, La Mare, a singer-songwriter from Cadiz, while present her third album "Mi raíz" to the crowd at Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc. The album is buttressed by love for the sea. In it, the artist sings of her roots with tenderness, humour and perfect harmony, and imbues each song with themes and metaphors that are redolent of the sea.

Working session open to the public

Thursday 30 June at 5.00pm, the day centre auditorium will be the sight of a working session concerning the Plan for Sexual Diversity and Gender Plan that is open to the public. Work on the first local Plan for Sexual and Gender Diversity is already under way, and it is hoped that this technical encounter will produce a report on fostering equality and combating discrimination of the local LGBTI community. Islanders are therefore invited to participate in a session that will help to shape a realistic plan for Formentera.

Is beyond-binary sport possible?

Sunday 3 July 3 at 8.00pm, Teo Valls, climber, trans activist and gestalt and shiatsu therapist, will guide the open talk 'Is beyond-binary sport possible?' in Es Roco, Sant Francesc. Attendees will discuss gender identity segregation in sport and reflect on possible futures beyond gender binarism, ways to inhabit the world of sport, how our desires and identities are shaped and how they affect our day to day life in climbing. Tuesday 5 July at 7.00pm, the audience at the Sala d'Actes can see "From Berta to Teo: Historia de un tráfico" and take part in a subsequent discussion with Valls, the film's protagonist and screenwriter. Email igualdad@conselldeformentera.cat to register or make a query.

Actions within the Equality Plan

Alongside open events are internal activities intended for Consell de Formentera personnel, like sexual and gender diversity training for staff of the summer school (Escola d'Estiu), working sessions on Tuesday 28 June where elected officials will take up the Plan for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and a working group for technical staff from various departments of the Consell on Friday 29 June.

Also, a display at Marià Villangomez Library in Sant Francesc will highlight newly acquired books on LGTBIQ+ themes.

17 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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