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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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Consell and Espai Dones reinforce collaboration to promote equality and prevent gender violence on Formentera

foto 2022 espai donesAna Juan, President and Councillor of Equality of the Consell de Formentera, and Dolores Fernández, President of Espai Dones, have signed a collaboration agreement between the two institutions to unlock a grant of €4,000 promote equality and prevent gender violence in 2022. As part of the arrangement, Espai Dones pledges to coordinate programmes, services and projects that help shape conditions for equal opportunities between women and men, and to conduct activities with an in-built recognition of the main obstacles and discrimination that women still face.

24 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera celebrates International Women's Day with a whole month of activities

foto 2022 dia de la donaToday Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera and Councillor of Equality, and Dolores Fernández Tamargo, President of Espai Dones, presented the events calendar for International Women's Day.

This year's 8 March celebrations will take place under the slogan "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow" - "a forward-looking perspective" which President Juan described as "essential if we wish to build a future with real equality". Juan pointed out that the Consell's first internal plan for equality is currently in development, "so that for us, as an institution, equality is not just an objective or an ideal, but a reality for all our staff".

She asserted that local government should be "the mirror of a society that is constructed on gender equality", and said that in the months ahead a reconciliation and co-responsibility agent would incorporate municipal government to "study new ways and steps to facilitate and improve family-friendly policies for islanders, so that the burden of care within the family does not limit anyone's professional development". Lastly, Juan encouraged the public to participate in this year's activities, which she described as "numerous, diverse and designed to deploy education to safeguard our rights as women".

For her part, the Espai Dones president pointed out that the nearly month-long programme would kick off this afternoon. Fernández praised "the collaboration of all the groups and associations that have participated in the extensive program" and insisted, "We must continue to demand and fight for equality, and men must be involved too".

Monday 28 February
6.00pm Opening: "Mujeres en Guerra", an exhibition of collages by Rebeka Elizegi. Until 12 March. 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Closed on Sundays, holidays and Monday mornings. Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell".
Thursday 3 March
5.00pm Lecture: UNWAR presents "Palestine Refugee Women". Immigration Service of the Formentera Office of Social Welfare. Sala d'Actes (Consell de Formentera), Plaça de la Constitució.

Saturday 5 March
8.30pm Concert for International Women's Day: Elles Sonen. With Marina (Ojos de Brujo), La Mari (Chambao) and AnitaKuruba (Canteca de Macao). Formentera Office of Culture. Sala de Cultura-Cinema.
Sunday 6 March: Women's Charity Race
The race starts at 9.00am and the walk starts at 10.45am. Start/finish: Plaça de la Constitució. Registration at Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc and the stand staffed by the Spanish Cancer Association (Asociación Española contra el Cáncer, AECC).
Monday 7 March
5.30pm Collage workshop with Rebeka Elizegi. Meeting point: Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell"

9.00am Ràdio Illa Formentera. Special 8 March edition of "De Far a Far", with Rocío Pavón and Natalia Surop
10.00am Information table. Poster hanging. Come and participate by making and putting up posters.
5.30pm Rally at Plaça de la Constitució. Readings by female volunteers and reading of the International Women's Day manifesto. Batucada with Bloco Colubraria. Plaça de la Constitució.

Thursday 10 March
7.30pm Book presentation: "La Venus que rompió el espejo: Una historia de superación y body positive" by Miren Jaurne (MimiXXL). Biblioteca Marià Villangómez.

Friday 11 March and Saturday 12 March
5.00pm to 9.00pm Workshop "Pleasure or Power", with sexologist Monica Martin Matilla (@vivalavulvaylavida) and gender perspective advice from Maria Murnau (@feministailustrada). All about women's sexuality. Sala d'Actes (Consell de Formentera), Plaça de la Constitució.

Friday 11 March and Sunday 13 March
8.30pm and 8.00pm, respectively. Screening at Sala de Cultura-Cinema of "Libertad", by Clara Roquet.

Friday 25 March
7.00pm Lecture "Women and the Working World", with Esther Goñi Juaneda, labour lawyer (Themis Association of Female Legal Professionals). Sala d'Actes (Consell de Formentera), Plaça de la Constitució.

Marià Villangómez Library in Sant Francesc will offer a corner dedicated to books on feminism and gender.

28 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Survey attempts to suss out the realities of life for Formentera's LGTBI community

The Formentera Office of Equality is surveying islanders in a bid to get at the reality of life for LGTBI individuals on the island. The survey is one of multiple research instruments being deployed to develop the LGTBI Equality Plan (Pla d'Igualtat LGTBI, PdIL). Ana Juan, President and Councillor of Equality, encouraged people of the island "to participate in the survey and help ensure the PdIL is realistic". The survey is available in Catalan and here in Spanish.

In October a steering group of regular islanders formed to help crowdsource the evaluation of how things are for Formentera's LGTBI community and suggest appropriate measures, actions and policies. A consultant from Interferences has been brought in to draft the PdIL.

Developing the PdIL successfully will require that a range of actors, government agencies, community groups and ordinary people share their expertise in preventing, rectifying and eliminating discrimination in the public and private spheres to create the conditions for real and effective equality of the local LGTBI community.

The steering group is open to everyone, LGTBI community members or not. Interested parties should send an email to igualtat@conselldeformentera.cat.

9 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Consell d'Entitats forms equality task force

The Formentera Office of Equality is pleased to report that last Thursday marked the opening session of the equality sub-section of the Consell d'Entitats. "This sub-unit is envisioned as an umbrella for local groups dedicated to advancing equality and creating a local roadmap to get there", explained Councillor of Equality and LGTBIQA+ Affairs Vanessa Parellada.

The first session included an overview of operations and objectives, a listing of regular and alternate members, a proposed schedule of ordinary annual meetings and a review of equality promotion actions within the FOE since the start of the legislature.

Seven associations —Espai Dones, Hotel Federation of Formentera, Formentera Basketball Club, Qué Celeste, Trampolí Mecànic, Formentera Residents’ Association (AVIF) and Santa Maria Festival Committee— participated in this first meeting. Councillor Parellada thanked association representatives for their participation and interest.

"This group will meet twice a year and will help craft cross-cutting and outcome-oriented equality policies, drawing on the expertise of our local associations and the assorted municipal departments that are also committed to this fight", she concluded.

11 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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