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Formentera commemora el Dia Mundial de les Persones Refugiades

cartell 2021 refugiadesEl Consell de Formentera, a través de l’àrea d’Immigració, ha preparat un ampli programa d’activitats culturals i socials per commemorar el Dia Mundial de les Persones Refugiades que es celebra el pròxim 21 de juny. Entre el programa d’activitats destaquen l’exposició fotogràfica Los Refugiados Olvidados del fotògraf palestí Mustafa Abualthanin; el concert de Nabil (Nabil El Mansour, compositor i activista musical) o l’actuació de Bloco Colubraria acompanyada de dansa africana a càrrec de na Jara, entre altres.

L’any 2001, l’Assemblea General de les Nacions Unides va designar el 20 de juny com a Dia Mundial dels Refugiats, fent-ho coincidir amb l’aniversari de la Convenció sobre l’Estatut dels Refugiats de 1951. En aquest sentit, el conseller de Benestar Social, Rafael Ramírez, presentarà al ple del Consell del pròxim 25 de juny una declaració institucional per la seva aprovació. Per al conseller Ramírez, “el Dia Mundial de les Persones Refugiades és una ocasió per fomentar l’empatia i mostrar la nostra solidaritat cap a les persones refugiades i desplaçades en consideració de les difícils circumstàncies en què es troben; així mateix, la data ens brinda l’oportunitat de reconèixer la seva capacitat de resiliència en la reconstrucció de les seves vides”.

El programa d’activitats previstes és el següent:

Dilluns 21 de juny a les 10.45 h. Tertúlia al programa de Far a Far de Ràdio Illa. Participen: Fina Darder, del Fons Pitiús de Cooperació: Margarita Isabel Asensio Pastor, doctora en Ciències Socials i Humanes i llicenciada en Filologia Hispànica i Filologia Àrab i un representant d’Open Arms.

Del 21 de juny al 4 de juliol, a la plaça de la Constitució de Sant Francesc, exposició fotogràfica Los Refugiados Olvidados de Mustafa Abualthanim. L’exposició del fotògraf Mustafa Abualthanin (Amman, 1977) narra la vida dels refugiats palestins oblidats en dos camps situats a Jordània amb un foto-assaig de 30 fotografies que recull una visió intimista i autobiogràfica de la seva pròpia condició de refugiat palestí a Jordània. Inici de l’exposició dilluns 21, a les 18.00 h.

Dimecres 23 i 30 de juny a les 18.00 h. Cinema al Casal de Joves. Projecció de les pel·lícules Professor Lazhar i Elysium.

Dijous, 24 de juny, a les 17.00 h. CEIP Sant Ferran de ses Roques (Parc Bob Baldon), Gimcana: Posa’t a les seves sabates. A càrrec del Fons Pitiús de Cooperació i de Formentera Marxa.

Divendres, 25 de juny, a partir de les 20.30 h a la plaça de l’Església. Vetllada a Sant Ferran de ses Roques. Penjada de la pancarta elaborada pel Casal de Joves. Actuació de Bloco Colubraria i dansa africana a càrrec de na Jara. Lectura del poema “Home” de l’escriptora somali Warsan Shire.

Dissabte, 26 de juny, a les 21.30 h a la Casa del Poble de la Mola. Concert de Navil, cantautor. Aforament limitat. Navil és un cantautor barceloní d’origen palestí que ha fet de la defensa els seus drets la seva raó de ser. El seu repertori de cançons parla de la discriminació racial a Israel, les colònies il·legals o el mur de separació entre àrabs i israelianes.

Dijous, 1 de juliol, a la plaça de l’Església de Sant Ferran, en el marc de la programació del Cinema a la Fresca, projecció d’In This World (2002).

16 de juny de 2021
Àrea de Comunicació
Consell de Formentera

Taller d’educació afectiva sexual als col·legis de l’illa

foto 2021 taller sex edEl Consell de Formentera, a través de l’àrea de Benestar Social, va celebrar el dimecres un taller de salut afectiva sexual per als alumnes de sisè de primària del CEIP El Pilar. En aquesta xerrada, es va informar i formar els joves sobre el desenvolupament dels canvis biològics, psicològics i socials a l’etapa de pubertat i adolescència. La conselleria ampliarà aquesta formació el pròxim curs a la resta de col·legis de Formentera.

El propòsit de la xerrada era aclarir mites i creences errònies, així com desfer prejudicis sobre afectivitat i sexualitat en el seu total i íntegra manifestació i diversitat; adquirint eines teoricopràctiques per viure-la. És, a més, un dret de nens, nenes i adolescents, que està recollit per l’OMS, per construir una societat en la qual homes i dones puguin conviure en igualtat i sense discriminacions.

Formació per a pares i mares
Després de la xerrada amb la classe, a la tarda es va oferir la mateixa formació dirigida als pares i mares d’aquests mateixos alumnes per donar informació i estratègies de prevenció per a comunicar-se amb els seus fills i proporcionar uns coneixements sobre el tema en qüestió per a poder acompanyar als seus fills i filles durant l’adolescència.

11 de juny de 2021
Àrea de Comunicació
Consell de Formentera

Day of training to prevent, detect and stop underage drinking

foto 2021 no t ofeguisThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare held a day of programming to equip staffers from the departments of sport and social services, sports trainers, the school police liaison, monitors at the youth drop-in centre and Formentera Marxa and other municipal employees to prevent, spot and stop underage drinking.

All told, roughly twenty people took part in the talk, part of an awareness-building push dubbed ‘Don’t Drown in Alcohol’ that includes training activities like talks with stakeholders outside the educational sector who work with adolescents at Marc Ferrer secondary school.

7 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell takes aim at LGTBI-phobia with SAI

foto cartell 2021 SAI BThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare is pleased to present SAI (Servei d’Atenció Integral), a comprehensive care service for lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and intersex islanders and their families who face, have faced or are at risk of facing discrimination or violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Social welfare chief Rafael Ramírez described the aim of the new service as offering “a professional, appropriate, fast, local and coordinated response to discrimination”. “As politicians, it must be our unwavering commitment to guarantee equal access to opportunities”, Ramírez affirmed.

According to the councillor, the history of LGTBI persecution means “institutions must make support universal, particularly to people in situations of vulnerability”. He stressed the importance of “taking action to stop discrimination when it occurs, and preventing it from occurring in the first place”.

“We want SAI to be accessible to members of the LGTBI community who lack of knowledge or lack of personal empowerment might otherwise have meant avoided visibility or self-identification”, Ramírez insisted.

Appointments at no charge
The free service is supported by staff with specific training in diversity and gender, non-discrimination and civil rights. Individuals who connect with SAI Formentera can expect confidentiality, active listening, respect and empathy, not to mention specialised social, psychological and legal guidance, with professionals crafting plans to fit each beneficiary’s individual needs.

Islanders interested in scheduling an appointment should call 971 321 271 from 9am to 2pm. The first visit will serve to evaluate the situation and put together the appropriate response. Queries can be sent to sailgtbi@conselldeformentera.cat.

On 17 May, the Consell de Formentera took part in an array of initiatives, adorning a bench and pedestrian crossings with the colours of the LGTBI flag and releasing a video featuring members of the LGTBI community. The island’s government will also issue a proclamation to mark International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia during the May plenary assembly.


25 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Don’t drown in alcohol’ takes on underage drinking and unlawful sales

foto 2021 alcohol AThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare has unveiled a two-part push to encourage islanders to start drinking alcohol later in life, if at all, and to curb the unlawful sale of alcohol to minors. In press conference today, Consell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer, social welfare chief Rafael Ramírez and department staffers Sonia Mayans and Michael Romero turned the spotlight on ‘No t’ofeguis en l’alcohol’ (Don’t Drown in Alcohol) and a number of other bids to prevent underage drinking and promote leisure alternatives for island youth.

“The message is particularly important for young people and their parents”, asserted President Ferrer, pointing out that “we’re doing more than explaining why underage drinking is dangerous, we’re offering resources and alternative leisure activities.” The success of the push will take the participation of the entire island, said Ferrer, who pointed to key stakeholders like “schools, business, family members, associations and each and every one of us”. She also thanked the public faces of Don’t Drown in Alcohol: young people who also actively participated in the campaign’s creation.

Drinking on Formentera: figures
Councillor Ramírez called Don’t Drown in Alcohol “a necessary response to widespread underage drinking”, holding up a 2018 study by the Centre for the Study of Addictive Behaviour (Cepca) which found that not only had 85% of young Formentera residents drunk to the point of inebriation the first time between ages 13 and 15, but a higher proportion of Formentera youth had drunk heavily in the previous 30 days than their counterparts across the Spanish territory. Ramírez said Cepca had been asked to lead a new study with more up-to-date data in 2021.

Even still, Ramírez asserts Don’t Drown in Alcohol is about more than just “prohibition and regulation”: “We want to build awareness about the health impacts of drinking and other drug abuse, because as adults, it’s our responsibility to show young people ways to have quality fun without using drugs”.

Fundamental to the success of FDSW’s Don’t Drown in Alcohol and the effort to stop underage sales is collaboration from other branches of local government, law enforcement, shops, SMEs, schools, families and sports clubs. Councillor Ramírez, for his part, praised business owners for their involvement and called the efforts of FDSW staff “all-important”.

New rules on advertising and sales
Ramírez called attention to the island government’s adoption last year in plenary of an ordinance dictating how alcohol can be advertised and sold. “Alcohol is one of the three most widely consumed and prevalent drugs on the island”, offered Ramírez, describing the ordinance as a “regulatory tool to stop underage drinking”.

Business collaborates
Members of the Formentera Chamber of Commerce small- and medium-sized business group (Pimef) and Federation of Hotels have joined in Formentera’s effort to tackle the sale of alcohol to minors. Ramírez asserted the collaboration was based on “a shared sense of the importance of putting a stop to underage drinking” and said businesses’ role was “paramount”. The Consell de Formentera presented the campaign to business owners, who will be supplied informational material in the days ahead to make available in their establishments.

Contest and outreach
Michael Romero described the Consell’s dedication early on in the process to engage local youth in Don’t Drown in Alcohol’s design. Graphics and a slogan were determined in a drawing contest among students at IES Marc Ferrer, with a panel of FDSW and Consell de Formentera design and communication staffers picking a drawing by Daniela Manrique and a slogan by Juan Camilo Gil. Other submissions will be on display at the Casal de Joves until 30 May.

Island youth will even distribute posters and staff prevention tables at popular festivals and other events. Stickers and badges will be made as well; a banner has been commissioned and will be displayed at social and sporting events, and T-shirts, bottles and backpacks will be handed out to summer-schoolers.

Training for young people, parents and professionals
FDSW staffer Sonia Mayans emphasised the importance of training for young people, parents and other islanders with jobs in restaurants and schools. An informational leaflet for parents and round-table discussions are in the works too. The first round-table will be held at Centre d’Esports Nàutics from 5.00pm on Thursday 20 May as part of the Talks for Families lecture series. Psychologist and drug abuse prevention and treatment specialist Otger Amatller will be on hand to offer “Adolescents and Alcohol: Starting from the Home”.

Numerous graphics geared toward prevention and awareness will be shared on social media, and an advertising push is coming down the pike as well.

An immensely important tool for individuals who work with adolescents is training. Hence, capacity building sessions on prevention, information and best practices have been organised for wide-ranging professionals, including the escola d’estiu administrative team, monitors at the youth drop-in centre, sports trainers and members of Formentera parents’ groups. The first session will take place 21 Friday. The IES Marc Ferrer police liaison and social educator have also held talks about the underage alcohol ordinance.

18 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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