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Consell puts out informative brochure in 8 languages to stop gender violence and support victims

foto 2022 folleto violencia genereThe Formentera Office of Social Welfare has put together an informational brochure to prevent gender violence and provide support for victims on Formentera. The brochure is a tool developed by the Women's Information and Assistance Service (Servei d'Informació i Atenció a la Dona, SIID) and has been published in eight different languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Arabic and Romanian. A total of 2,000 copies have been printed in Catalan, 2,000 in Spanish and 1,000 in each of the other languages. The brochures are available at the municipal library, Espai Dones, the hospital, OVAC, Antoni Blanc sports centre, Formentera Local Police, Civil Guard, tourist information points, Justice of the Peace, Employment Service of the Balearic Islands (SOIB) and more.

Rafael Ramírez, Councillor of Social Welfare, said the reissue was about "publicising the municipal service for the maximum number of women, regardless of country of origin", and insisted eliminating language barriers had been a key concern: "This is about preventing gender violence among as many women as possible".

Apart from basic information on what SIID is and what it does, the brochure asks a series of questions to highlight situations which female victims of gender-based violence may face.

Has your partner done any of the following?

-Check your cell phone, WhatsApp, email or social media?
-Continually call or text you to find out where you are?
-Refuse to let you see certain friends?
-Prevent you from seeing family?
-Prefer you not study or work?
-Criticise how you dress or your appearance?
-Talk badly to or insult you?
-Try to make you feel guilty? Tell you that you are to blame for everything?
-Threaten to harm your family or take your children?
-Humiliate or discount you in front of others?
-Throw or break objects when you are upset?
-Threaten to hit you?
-Physically assault you?
-Force you to have sex or make you do things you don't feel like doing?
-Finally, are you afraid of him and afraid of how he might react?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, it is possible that you are experiencing gender-based violence.

The Formentera SIID is a targetted counselling service, with a programme of comprehensive care for gender violence victims. It offers a space of confidentiality, active listening, respect and empathy as well as support in the form of social care, specific psychological care for victims and children and legal advice throughout the process of integral recovery.

In addition, the SIID is in constant coordination with various government agencies to improve comprehensive care for women.

8 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell Insular de Formentera

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Talks for Families series tackles social media and pornography

'The Internet and Pornography: What Can Families Do?' is the title of the lecture that Lluís Ballester, who holds a PhD in Sociology and Philosophy, will give at 5.00pm this Thursday as part of the Talks for Families series. Organised by the Formentera Office of Social Welfare, the talks are held in the plenary hall (sala de plens) of the Consell de Formentera. Childcare is offered as well. Interested parties should reserve in advance by sending an email to educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat or calling 971 321 271.

7 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Social welfare offices move to Day Centre

This week the Formentera Office of Social Welfare (Conselleria de Benestar Social, CBSF) will begin relocating to new offices in a wing of the island's adult care facility. CBS departments are taking the move in turns and the hope is that next week all face-to-face service can be provided in the new offices.

Rafael Ramírez, Councillor of Social Welfare, explained that the new offices will mean "a better service for islanders" and "care that measures up" to local demand. "Formentera's social services are essential, which is why we have renovated this area of the Day Centre: to tailor it to needs, both for users and workers", said Councillor Ramírez.

Ramírez highlighted "CBSF's growth in recent years, both in terms of staff size and the scope of the care we provide". He also stressed that the move would "put Formentera's areas of social and health care into a single location". The coming months will also see the opening of a senior living residence and, if current plans are carried out, a centre focused on care for underage children. The change means CBSF will have new work spaces with greater comfort to be able to develop services.

New furniture and signage is also in the works, and an open day will be held when upgrades are complete.

CBSF can be reached by phone at 971 32 12 71.

27 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Consell de Formentera meets 90% of international transparency indicators

The Formentera Office of Transparency is pleased to report that currently the island administration complies with ninety percent of Transparency International's eighty indicators. TI brings together civil sector, the private sector and governments, and is the only non-governmental organisation dedicated to combating corruption.

The Consell de Formentera maintains a transparency web portal that can also be accessed via the institutional website, www.conselldeformentera.cat. Depending on type, TI's indicators are updated weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually according to the organism's established criteria. This information relates to government actions, agreements, plenary sessions, e-minutes, government contracts, economic and financial data, town planning data, legislation, councillors' personal information, etc. A newly designed web form allows islanders to request public information in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) and online across the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC). The process does not require identification by digital certificate, per transparency legislation.


Moreover, the Consell has asked the administrators of the Mapa inforparticipa website to correct details reported in a 16 January press release indicating that in a study of Balearic municipalities, Formentera had received a score of zero out of one hundred in transparency. The document did not report on the rest of the island councils.

In their reply, the portal's representatives stated that "the [Consell de Formentera] website is listed as not evaluated; not as scoring zero". Formentera's administration was "simply not evaluated, which is why it appears on the Mapa Infoparticipa graphic in grey. It was not evaluated because when the Balearic Islands were assessed it was insufficiently clear to us whether the www.conselldeformentera.cat website belonged to the City or Island Council [sic]". They added that Mapa Infoparticipa did not evaluate governments' transparency portals as the first option.

Mapa Infoparticipa have offered their advisory services to the Consell de Formentera, but the island administration oversees transparency work with its own resources and does not hire external companies for this purpose.

26 January 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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'Talks for Families and Teachers' return with lecture on adolescence

At 5.00pm, Thursday 20 January, the Formentera Office of Social Welfare's 'Talks for Families and Teachers' lecture series returns to the Sala de Plens with 'Teens Today: Loving and Educating Them When They Need it Most' from psychologist, educator and journalist Jaume Funes Artiaga. Funes will offer tips and advice "on how to educate individuals in adolescence, a time of great change when closeness with adults is an essential part of teens feeling secure enough to face, discover and experience life".

For reservations, call 971.32.12.71 or send an e-mail to educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat. Childcare will be available for children three and up.

14 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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