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The message of Eivissa and Formentera’s ‘Feminist Classrooms’? Human rights for women, now more than ever

Tomorrow Thursday to Saturday 19 September, the Balearic Institute of the Woman-hosted and Consell de Formentera-backed Aules Feministes (“Feminist Classrooms”) initiative tackles its latest subject: “The human rights of women, now more than ever”. At Eivissa’s Can Ventosa the clinics will be closed to the public but livecasted, while Hotel Insotel Formentera Playa de Formentera will offer in-person attendance as well as online retransmission of the talks.

On Friday evening, Maria Durán, who chairs the Balearic Institute of the Woman, or IBdona, will be joined by Formentera’s equality chief, Vanessa Parellada, in discussing restoring the life projects of gender violence victims. Parties interested in attending should telephone department staffer Azucena Carrasco at 971.32.12.71, though the talks can also be viewed live on IBdona’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

2020 is more than IBdona’s twentieth year in existence, it also marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing World Conference on Women and forty years since the adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Indeed, IBdona describes the group’s latest initiative as a space for learning and reflection that strives for real equality between women and men.

16 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell announces aid for local seniors and islanders with disabilities

The Department of Social Welfare reports that requests are now being accepted from elderly islanders and Formentera residents with disabilities who wish to benefit from a new round of subsidies totalling €16,000.

Grant money can be used on items ranging from wheelchairs to glasses, contact lenses, dental prosthetics, hearing aids and hospital beds; as well as to cover fees for vehicle modifications and rehabilitation services such as physiotherapy and speech therapy.

Eligible applicants must be residents on the island, 65 or older and have a recognised disability of at least 33%, in addition to completing other requirements. Individuals receiving care off Formentera can apply providing their family is registered on the island. A technical commission will determine the projects that receive funding.

Applications may be submitted to the Formentera Department of Social Welfare (formerly the “Centre Mèdic”) or OAC until 15 October.

15 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera opens up €45,000 in subsidies to improve health and social services

The Formentera Department of Social Welfare announces that applications are now being accepted for €45,000 in subsidies for non-profit private groups and associations that develop programmes and other support related to social services in 2020. The deadline for applications is 24 August. Conditions were posted to the Official Gazette of the Balearic Islands (BOIB) on 24 July.

“Funding will cover some of the costs of programmes and services which are helping to improve health and social services on Formentera”, said Conseller Rafael Ramírez. “Not only that”, he continued, “it will benefit non-profits focused on care and improved living conditions for seniors, people with disabilities, people living with mental illnesses and other chronic ailments and other dependent individuals”.

Groups that are interested in the offer should schedule an appointment at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) by calling 971 321 087. Applications will be accepted from any private association or other entity that is focused on care and support for the groups mentioned. Subsidies can cover up to 75% of the total cost of a project, no more than €15,000 per group. Conditions can be found on the Consell de Formentera website.


27 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell signs €30,000 deal with NGO Formenterers Solidaris

foto 2020 solidarisEarlier today, Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and Maria Costa, chair of Formenterers Solidaris, put their signatures on a deal to afford the local NGO assistance to the tune of €30,000. Subject to annual renewal and valued at €3,000 in 2019, the assistance package has grown ten-fold in 2020 to met the evolving needs around the Covid-19 public health crisis.

The money will fund food packages for at-risk individuals and families, and the assistance will be administered with help from the Department of Social Welfare. Department chief Rafael Ramírez was on hand at the signing as well, along with the group’s secretary, Teresa Costa. The €30,000 assistance package will benefit a food voucher programme, food deliveries and other initiatives. Ferrer and Ramírez thanked the representatives of the non-profit for their work in support of some of the most vulnerable members of the local population.

9 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Centre de Dia reopens 1 June for one-on-one service by appointment

foto 2020 reobertura centre dia 1The Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that starting Monday 1 June, the island’s daytime adult care centre will welcome islanders once again for one-on-one service by appointment.

Department chief Rafael Ramírez explained that with personalised service, priority would go to individuals most in-need — those with a higher degree of dependency and whose carers must work. Ramírez pledged local government would “always be on the side of our beneficiaries’ carers and family members” and saluted the efforts under confinement of Centre de Dia personnel.

Ramírez pointed out that “together with closing old persons’ clubs, suspending in-person care at the facility was among the first steps taken by the Consell, even before emergency orders were proclaimed”.

Support will continue over the phone and internet and with at-home service for those who cannot or prefer not to travel to the Centre de Dia.

In compliance with distancing measures under the state of emergency, capacity will be limited to 30%.

Upon entry, and in line with recommendations from public health authorities, all Centre de Dia visitors will be subject to a strict control of safety protocol, including hand washing, temperature check, face mask and adequate distancing. The Centre de Dia must provide any recommended protective gear.

30 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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