Hèlia Association is mainly formed by a professionals’ team and volunteers who accumulate their own backgrounds due to enrich the diversity of the group. Hèlia collects disciplines such as psychology, social education, pedagogy, sociology and law. We do create synergies from diversity in the field of gender violence and we believe and act as of common values in feminist activism and social movements.
As long as we use a horizontal and collaborative model, we encourage all voices have a place in Hèlia. This incorporates a powerful meaning to the collective value.
Montserrat Vilà Planas Director
She holds a degree in Business Administration (UOC). Hèlia’s founder (2008), she has dedicated to social activism. Since the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995, she’s fighting for women’s rights in the Associació de Veïns i Veïnes de Sagrada Família. In 2002 she promoted and presided at the Unitary Platform against gender violence. She fosters freedom’s value and she’s completely committed to transform the patriarchal society in a fair and caring new one, where male domination of females has no place.
Elisa Covelo O’Neill Coordinator & Responsible of International Cooperation area
She studied Psychology and Masters in Gender and Development as well as some post-graduate courses in Culture of Peace and Mental Health in Situations of Political Violence. She’s working in the social sector for ten years now, at the same time she is participating in social movements for a feminist social transformation, currently she is Hèlia’s coordinator and cooperation area responsible.
Carla Rigol Martorell Responsible of Attention & Training area
She studied Psychology and Criminology and afterwards, she specialized in gender violence through some postgraduate courses. Nowadays, she works as a psychologist in Hèlia association as well as a workshop facilitator and volunteers’ coordinator.
She defines herself as a feminist activist and provides the organization of a great organizational skill. She defenses women’s power and resilience pursuing empowerment in each of her individual and collective actions.
Violeta Moreno Gámiz Responsible of Social Action area
She studied Psychology and Criminology, then specialized in the legal field. She began her career as a volunteer project Veïnes x Veïnes in Hèlia. Currently she organizes the volunteer’s team in addition to offer psychological support to women’s.
She is committed to the fight against prevailing heteropatriarchal system through education. For example, she offers gender equality and feminist workshops in different educational and social centers.
Anna Barro Lugo Responsible of Social Action area
She studied Psychology and has a master’s degree in Prevention and Treatment of Family Violence (children, couples and the elderly). She has developed her professional career in the areas of training and equal opportunities in the business field. As a result of her desire to contribute to the promotion of a social transformation in feminist terms, she started her volunteer collaboration in Helia. At present, it manages the reception and training of new volunteers and carries out social and community support tasks and co-education workshops in schools.
Hèlia’s volunteers group is a cornerstone in our team. Hèlia’s volunteers are plural and diverse people with knowledge and experience enriches the group giving it a value of communal wealth. The synergies created in addition to the strength make this group one of the essential motors of the organization for citizen involvement in the fight for the women’s right to live with no gender violence.
Collaborators are essential for the development of the projects of the entity always in coherence with the ethical code and with the values of the entity. Each collaboration part of the experience and the specialty of each one of the collaborators, understanding that they add a special value to the association itself from the premise that the diverse knowledge always adds up.