SCHOOLCHILDREN in Palomares believe that more local streets should bear women’s names.
“Inequality is present when choosing names for streets and plazas in our towns and cities,” the Alarcon Fernandez de Arrellano school decided after carrying out a project that involved pupils and their teachers.
The centre now belongs to Andalucia’s #Merezcounacalle (I deserve a street) initiative that already involves schools in the provinces of Malaga and Granada.
Headmaster Bartolome de Haro explained that pupils at all levels were immediately intrigued by the assignment.
After studying street names in Palomares they soon decided that these were heavily weighted in favour of males, who were present 80 per cent of the time.
Women deserved more mentions, the children concluded, and older pupils put forward the names of women in Palomares and Almeria province who “deserved a street.”
Their suggestions and the reasons for them were made into a video that was shown at the end of last month with a rose presented to the local women whose names had been put forward.
This event was also attended by Cuevas’ Equality councillor Melchora Caparros and Culture councillor Melchora Caparros.
The town hall would certainly bear the school’s suggestions in mind when naming new streets, Caparros pledged, thanking the pupils for promoting equality from inside their school.
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