Calpe: Gender-inclusive buildings

Calpe: Gender-inclusive buildings

CALPE BY-LAW: Architects should have women in mind Gender-inclusive buildings for Calpe.

A NEW by-law from Calpe’s Equality and Urban Development departments requires the incorporation of gender perspectives when constructing new buildings.

Details of the initiative which will apply to dwellings, shops, offices and public buildings will be on view until September 30 on Calpe Town Hall’s website.


“The perception of insecurity diminishes the independence of the persons using the municipality’s spaces,” the website explains. “This perception of fear needs to be analysed, taking gender implications into account.

”Urban development should consider equality and safety issues from the point of view of gender, as design and planning can increase or reduce the sensation of security, the town hall argued. This brings us closer to being a caring, equal municipality.

”Questions covered by the draft law include situating the entrance to any building on a main thoroughfare and not a side road, eliminating blindspots as well as isolated or hidden corners.”

Lighting should be good in all areas and a building’s commercial premises on its lowest levels give direct access to the street.

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Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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