Barcelona medals of honour 2022 for civic values and community commitment

The city’s medals of honour pay tribute to people and organisations committed to civic values and the development of the city in spheres such as education, art, sport, local movements and human rights. The five gold medals at a city level went to Lita Claver, ‘la Maña’, Empar Pineda, Pedro Clarós, Jordi Raich and SOS Racisme.

30/11/2022 19:41 h

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This year’s ceremony continued to recognise the work of people and organisations which have been in the front line in the fight against Covid-19, a factor which also played a big part in last year’s medals. Their efforts and commitment are an inspiration to all citizens who today still face the effects of the crisis caused by the pandemic.

Five of the twenty-five medals are awarded at a city level, while the other twenty are chosen by each of the ten districts.

Three of the fourteen organisations receiving awards are actually in their centenary year: Unió Esportiva de Sants, Unió Atlètica d’Horta and Escola Baixeras. The other eleven medals went to six women and five men.

The Full Council meeting in June unanimously approved the full list of people and organisations to receive medals in 2022.

Full list of those receiving medals

The city medals for 2022 went to:

  • Emilia Giménez, Lita Claver, la Maña, for her artistic and business career in the world of theatre and music halls.
  • Empar Pineda, in recognition of her feminist struggle for women’s sexual and reproductive rights and as an activist for LGBTI rights.
  • Pedro Clarós, for her professional career in the field of otorhinolaryngology, also applied in her social work for third world countries.
  • Jordi Raich, for his work as an expert in humanitarian aid, research and dissemination.
  • SOS Racisme, for their human rights work spanning over 25 years, promoting anti-racist action, proposed by the Municipal Council Assembly.

The medals from the District Councils go to:

Ciutat Vella

  • Escola Baixeras, in its centenary year, in recognition of its education community.
  • Mercè Amor, in recognition of her personal and political path, working for social justice, and her link and commitment to the neighbourhood of El Raval.


  • The association La Merienda, for its work to integrate people at risk of social exclusion, through emotional support, guidance and labour insertion.
  • Josep M. Conesa, for his link of more than 40 years with the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni, devoted to developing ties with local associations.


  • Concepció Pérez , for her local activism with the Hostafrancs local residents’ and retailers association.
  • Unió Esportiva de Sants, in its centenary year, for its work to educate through sport and for its firm roots in the district.

Les Corts

  • Associació de veïns de Zona Universitària, in recognition for their campaigning and their achievements in improving life in the neighbourhood.
  • Colla de Diables i Timbalers d’Itaca, for their work to rally children and families around Catalan traditions and with fire culture as their standard.

Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

  • Josep Arisa, for his contribution to the knowledge and dissemination of heritage and the history of the Farró neighbourhood and the district.
  • Casa d’Espiritualitat Sant Felip Neri-Fundació Valors, for its work and social and human influence in the spheres of spirituality, education, health, art and social cohesion.


  • Sonsoles Santís, in recognition of her work linked to social, community and artistic activities and neighbourliness in the district.
  • Grup Atra, for their social work to help people going through difficult moments in their lives, plus their work towards inclusion and the fight against stigmas.


  • Unió Atlètica d’Horta, in its centenary year, for its work towards people’s comprehensive training and education through the values of sport.
  • El Pou. Grup d’Estudis de la Vall d’Horta i la Muntanya Pelada, for its work to promote and defend the history and heritage of the neighbourhoods in the district.

Nou Barris

  • Fundación Adapta2, for its work to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, using sports as a means of personal and collective affirmation.
  • Associació de Comerciants de Zona Nord, for its involvement in the neighbourhood, creating cohesion through commerce.

Sant Andreu

  • Associació per a la Defensa de la Gent Gran (ADEGG), for its work promoting the rights of the elderly and combatting discrimination against people on the grounds of age.
  • Montserrat Llopart, in recognition of her commitment and fight to improve conditions for life in the neighbourhood of Trinitat Vella.

Sant Martí

  • Francisco Narváez, for his career as a municipal chief linked to the district.
  • Coordinadora d’Entitats del Poblenou, in recognition of its leadership and work to foster the network of associations in Poblenou and the Coordination of popular and traditional festivities.

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