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Formentera, proud to fight for equality

hissada-bandera-lgtbi1Vanessa Parellada, the head of social welfare, sat down today with department specialist Azuzena Carrasco to talk about the Council's activities programme for the upcoming LGTBI pride celebrations on Thursday June 28.

Parellada traced the decision to celebrate the day as a moment of reflection to the Stonewall riots that gripped New York City in 1969, calling it “a time to spotlight universal values like equality, respect, diversity, freedom and non-discrimination”.

Activities
Trumpeting a catchphrase that translates as “Proud to fight for equality”, the activities programme kicks off on Wednesday June 27 with a 7.00pm storytelling session in the Sant Ferran primary school. In Contacotrans, Lalioparda highlights the strength of our differences as human beings while avoiding the classic division of masculine and feminine roles.

At 8.00pm on Thursday, the Sala d'Actes of the culture department will host a screening of the documentary Fuera de juego. In an ensuing discussion, a staff specialist from the local office of sport will explore homophobia in football and the conspicuous invisibility of gay footballers today.

At 10.00pm on Tuesday July 3, Sant Francesc's Jardi de ses Eres will be the site of an outdoor screening of Milk (Mi Nombre es Harvey Milk in Spanish”). Set in the nineteen-seventies, Gus Van Sant's politically-charged biopic tells the story of San Francisco's first openly-gay elected official, earning Oscar accolades for both Dustin Lance Black (best original screenplay) and Sean Penn (best actor).

Parellada and Carrasco encouraged islanders to come out in force for the event, calling the 28th “a day to fight for freedom with pride”.

Course on protecting children from sexual abuse

Foto xerrada paresThe local social welfare department has teamed up with Fundació RANA in putting together a course to help islanders put a stop to child sexual abuse.

Training at schools
For two days starting Wednesday, six- to eleven-year olds at the island's primary schools will receive the training. They will also attend a live-action performance of Isabel Olid's “Estela, crida molt fort!” (Estela, shout it out!), a reckoning with child molestation in which the author seeks to give young children tools to insure they are respected.

On a tour where stops span schools, libraries, nurseries and daycare providers, RANA hopes to use the tale to explain Estela's story and arm children with the skills to spot risky situations and take action accordingly.

Training for professionals
Wednesday from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, the local cinema will be the site of another round of training, this one geared for professionals in education. Entitled “Actua! Per a prevenir l'abús infantil” (Take action to stop child abuse!), the course aims to give participants information to successfully spot and prevent cases of child sexual abuse and respond responsibly when it occurs.

Organisers of the course see it as a way to equip educational staff with the skills and knowledge to catch situations in which abuse is happening and act accordingly to protect children and teens.

Parent training
Also on Wednesday, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm in the cinema and 8.30pm to 9.30pm in la Mola's Casa del Poble, parents are invited to attend a discussion about preparing children to deal with risks. The course will offer ideas about how parents can strengthen emotional bonds and discuss sexuality with their children. Instructors will also address the risks associated with gadgets and the Internet.

Training for teens
Lastly, Wednesday from 7.00pm to 8.00pm, the Casal de Joves will host “Ens fas falta” (We need you), a workshop aimed at helping 12- to 16-year-olds prevent or foil a range of unacceptable offences, from mistreatment to sexual abuse, whether they materialise in the present or took place in the past.

Formentera's cinema teams up with special needs advocates

Cartell CampeonesThe Formentera Council's departments of culture and social welfare report that this weekend's programmed feature at the local cinema, the Javier Fesser-directed Campeones, is a dramedy whose cast includes Javier Gutiérrez and individuals with a diverse range of disabilities.

Proceeds from the scheduled Friday (9.30pm) and Sunday (9.00pm) screenings will go to benefit APNEEF, an Eivissa/Formentera-based association for individuals with special needs. This Friday, in a merchandise stand set up at the cinema's entrance, several children from APNEEF will be on hand to lend a hand with ticketing and ushering.

Council finds steady ground for 85 long-term temp workers

Consell i placa constitucioThe human resources department of the Formentera Council reports that 85 individuals retained by the administration as public servants, albeit temporarily, will see their contracts become permanent now that they can attest to two years of uninterrupted employment.

The contractual retooling has been progressive, with contracts being rewriting individual contracts as expiry dates loomed. In the months ahead they intend to follow the model until the 12 remaining regularitzacions can take place, ultimately eliminating long-haul temporary employment contracts from the administration's playbook altogether.

The effort arose from a measure adopted in a plenary assembly December 16, 2016, when a cabinet proposal to make the change netted unanimous support.

Approval finally became a reality some months after a September 14 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that termination packages for long-haul contracts were equivalent to those for permanent staff.

In the words of Vanessa Parellada, the CiF's secretary of social welfare, youth services and human resources, the change “adds security, quality and more expansive rights to those enjoyed by our administration's public servants”.

New sabbatical rights
One result of the measure is that workers previously ineligible for extended leave will now be eligible thanks to the change. To date, 12 temporary employees whose time on the Council's payroll exceeded two years have already availed themselves of this new right.

Tenth year of course on integration

Foto curs integracio 2018Yesterday marked the end of the tenth edition of a course on social and cultural integration. Eleven students successfully completed the twenty-hour course.


The classes are mainly geared towards immigrants, particularly those wishing to renew their residence permit, prepare for the CCSE citizenship test or demonstrate integration during the early phases of their stay in Spain. Topics covered will include Spain's constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others. Aimed at familiarising students with the various subjects and helping them obtain the associated accreditation.

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