The Xarxa SAI LGBTI of Catalonia receives the silver award in the special category of promotion of LGTBI+ inclusion and diversity, the municipalities of Terrassa (Barcelona) and La Zarza (Badajoz) have won the European Capital Award for Inclusion and Diversity 2023
La European Commission has distinguished al Government of the Generalitat with the European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Award for his policies in favor of equality of LGTBI+ people.
Specifically, it has taken silver award for the special category of promotion of LGTBI+ inclusion and diversity and has received special recognition for his LGTBI+ comprehensive care service network (Xarxa SAI LGBTI), born in 2017, and created to offer local care to the LGBTI community.
The Spanish municipalities of terrace (Barcelona) and Zarza (Badajoz) have won the European Capital Award for Inclusion and Diversity 2023, which recognizes the work carried out by cities, towns or regions of Europe to promote inclusion and create societies free of discrimination. In this year's call, there were 74 projects of all the European Union, of which twenty were finalists.
At the opening of the awards ceremony, held this Thursday in Brussels, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, recalled -in a recorded video- that in the last three years Brussels has promoted initiatives for equal rights in the European Union (EU), against racism and to promote the rights of minorities, people LGTBI + and people with disabilities.
Xarxa SAI LGBTI of Catalonia
El European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Award for his policies in favor of the equality of people LGTBI + has recognized the Xarxa SAI LGBTI. This network Created in 2017, and with 114 services distributed throughout Catalonia, provides information on the rights of individuals LGTBI +, guidance for job placement, support in gender transition processes, referral to health services, and accompaniment to victims of discrimination or aggression, also when this discrimination or aggression occurs from institutions.
La Minister of Equality and Feminism, Tania Verge, has received the award, along with Xavier Flores, in a ceremony was chaired by the Equality Commissioner, Helena Dalli, the Vice President of the European Commission, Vera Jourova, and the representative of the Committee of the Regions, Kate Feeney.
Xavier Florensa, General Director of LGTBI+ Public Policies of the Generalitat de Catalunya has stated that «The Government of the Generalitat values very positively that the European Commission has recognized the work done on policy LGBTI +, And especially Xarxa SAIa pioneering and unique initiative in Europe«. "We are very happy with the award. Equality and Diversity Award, which is a recognition of the work carried out in terms of policies LGTBI + from the Government of the Generalitat». Undoubtedly a success for all entities and the entire team LGTBI + with Mireia Mata Solsona y Lluïsa Jiménez Gum They started building the network from scratch.
Terrassa intersectional strategy
terrace has received the first award in the category of local authorities from more than 50.000 inhabitants for its strong intersectional and transversal strategy around inclusion and diversity in all its policies and departments.
When collecting the prize, the deputy mayor of Terrassa, Lluïsa Melgares, recalled that this city was the first municipality in Spain in launching a department focused on gender and feminist policies, and asked not to be "a single anecdote on the map» and that diversity and inclusion policies are multiplied.
» For Terrassa, it is a satisfaction and a pride as a city to have received this recognition from the European Commission and to be a benchmark city in the promotion of inclusion and diversity. From the City Council we have been working transversally for years with the complicity of municipal services and hand in hand with the entities and people of our city to implement a strategy that allows us to incorporate intersectionality in each axis of discrimination«.
In addition, Melgares has considered that «It is a pleasure to share our experiences and projects with the rest of the cities and entities in Europe, based on shared values for a more social, more sustainable and more inclusive Europe, in accordance with the principles of the European pillar of social rights and committed with the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
La Zarza, prize for less than 4.000 inhabitants
For its part, Zarza, a town in Extremadura less than 4.000 inhabitants, has won the first prize in the category of local authorities of less than 50.000 inhabitants for his initiatives around communication, employment and accessibility.
«En Zarza the only thing we have done is launch a shared project and do politics, but politics with a capital letter, that is, transform people's lives and try to achieve the greatest of rights, which is to be happy"said its mayor, Francisco Jose Farrona, at the awards ceremony.