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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

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

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