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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

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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

Formentera stages lectures, discussions and film screenings for trans* depathologisation day

cartell 2020 dia transEarlier today, the Formentera Department of Equality and LGTBI Affairs unveiled its programme of activities to commemorate International Day of Action for Trans* Depathologisation the third weekend in October. Consellera Vanessa Parellada underscored the importance of “programming that helps normalise gender diversity, build dialogue and mutual support among trans people”.

First on the bill is a 7.00pm film screening this Thursday in La Mola’s Casa del Poble. Italian filmmaker Margherita Ferri’s début effort, Zen sul ghiaccio sottile chronicles the travails of a young person bullied for being masculine. The screening will be emceed by Laura Esteva, the coordinator of OUT (the Balearic Islands Film Festival for Affective Diversity – Palma de Mallorca).

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On Thursday 22 October, Lena Castells, who heads the division of the Balearic Islands’ Office of Rights and Diversity responsible for coordination and support around sexual and gender diversity, will lead discussion on the role of public policy in stamping out the practice of treating trans identities as a medical ailment (7.00pm, Sala d’Actes).

Lastly, same time and same place on Tuesday 27 October, the Consell will host a screening of the documentary Resistència Trans, a portrait of trans resistance at a time when awareness is beginning to take root. Lead actor Carmen Fernández will be on hand for a discussion to follow.

5 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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

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