Fair shares in Palomares

Fair shares in Palomares
STREET NAMES: Teachers, councillors and local women put forward as candidates for street names Photo credit: Cuevas del Almanzora town hall

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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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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