SEXISM IN SCHOOLS: Costa del Sol students stage strikes against ‘Macho’ culture

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WALKOUTS: Students were protesting against sexism in schools CREDIT: Libres y Combativas, via Twitter

STUDENTS from secondary schools in Malaga City gathered in the Plaza de la Constitucion yesterday (Wednesday) after staging walkouts over sexism in classrooms and sex education.

The strikes, organised by the province’s Students’ Union, were called in protest against what some students claimed was a ‘macho’ and sexist culture in schools.

The students have also called for sex education to be made compulsory and accessible in all public and private schools.

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They have also called for the sexual freedom of LGBTQ students to be respected and for the elimination of “sexist and repressive” dress codes.

Spain’s national Students’ Union said on Twitter: “We have emptied the classrooms and filled the streets against macho culture.”

The walkouts come as part of nationwide strikes, with protests also taking place in Marbella and all of Andalucia’s Provincial Capitals. Walkouts also took place in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and elsewhere.

The national Students’ Union said more than one million students across the country walked out and that more than 60 demonstrations were held.

Reports in Spanish media suggested classrooms across the Costa del Sol were empty by the time protesters gathered at 12pm.

Schools affected included the Sierra Bermeja, Jesus Marin and Mayorazgo in Malaga City. Walkouts also took place in the Rio Verde school in Marbella and the Monterroso centre in Estepona.

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