MIJAS COUNCIL has begun to receive suggested female names following a school campaign to increase the number of streets in the town named after women.
Local women’s associations have been sending in proposals after the council decided to name all new roads after illustrious women following a project entitled Merezcounacalle (I deserve a street), carried out bystudents at Mijas’ IES Cartima school, which found the number named after women is 42, compared to 178 named after men.
The students carried out research of 220 road names and found that of the few streets named after women, a remarkable 60% took the name of saints rather than famous female figures.
The town’s Councillor for Equality, Mari Carmen Carmona, met with Rosa Liarte, a teacher from IES Cartima, last month to discuss the campaign, commenting, “we found it very interesting because it shows it still takes so much for women to be noticed. The council want to prioritise equality which is why we wanted to get involved with the project Rosa has presented to us.”
The campaign began in an Equality and Social Change class when students were dealing with the issue of “backdoor sexism.” Through their research they found the number of streets named after men was almost four time the amount named after women. Ms Liarte explained “the children questioned whether sexism still existed so I set out to analyse the streets of Cartima to see how many of them had a man’s name and how many women, and when they saw the results, the children could not believe it.”
Now both the students and their teacher are campaigning to the council, and have caught their attention after carrying out an analysis of Mijas’ roads. The council has now committed to using women’s names for any new roads built in the extension of Las Lagunas and are taking suggestions on the names of important female figures from students.