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El Alcantarilla street only dedicates 5.38% of the 528 streets, squares, crossings and avenues that make up its term to women's names (17/05/2019)

The electoral program of the PSOE plans to implement a strategic plan for gender equality that will create a specific Department for this area and will develop actions aimed at incorporating gender clauses in municipal contracts with companies and in the allocation processes of public subsidies, in addition to enabling shelters for battered women and recognizing in the street the relevant women in the history of the city

The PSOE's electoral program foresees for the next term of office the implementation of a strategic plan for gender equality.

The Town Hall of Sewer currently lacks a Department of Gender Equality and the Socialist Party, through this plan, will create a specific Department for this area from which will promote actions aimed at incorporating gender criteria and equality clauses in the contracts that the Consistory signs with companies and in the processes of allocation of municipal subsidies to associations and collectives of the locality, as well as combating and preventing the mistreatment and eradicating episodes of sexist discrimination.

"Gender equality means that the interests, needs and priorities of both women and men are taken into account and it is public responsibility to work every day to create norms and policies that help make equality a reality", argues the socialist councilor Lara Hernández, who has been responsible for designing the aforementioned plan.

The mayoral candidate, Francisco Saavedra, advances that document "is very valuable and therefore we have incorporated it into our electoral program to apply the principle of equality to all municipal policies and adapt it to the structures of the City Council: economy, employment, culture, sports, health, citizen participation ... ".

The data collected by the PSOE after consulting the Local Police reveal that, every month, an average of two to three cases of mistreatment are attended in the locality.

One of the main objectives of the new Council and the aforementioned plan will be to ensure that Alcantarilla becomes a city free of violence against women. For this, actions such as the start-up of shelters for victims of sexist violence are envisaged. information support units and specialized attention and expand the material and economic resources destined to fight against this scourge.

Campaigns will also be developed with co-educational content that involves the whole society, an easy reading guide will be edited, a monument to women will be set up in a significant place in the municipality to pay homage to victims of gender violence, and it will be banned any type of act, exhibition or public attraction that denigrates or treats women as a mere object or sexual claim.

Another of the actions of the new Council will be to promote public recognition of the role of women who have been important to the history of Sewer.

For this purpose, its presence in the streets will be strengthened, since the strategic gender equality plan includes a statistic that evidences the scarce feminine presence in the public roads of the municipal area: of the 528 streets, squares, crossings and avenues that the municipality has , a total of 497 are dedicated to men and only 31 to women.

This means, in practice, that women only receive 5.8% of the total street number.

The study conducted by the PSOE also reflects that of the 31 routes dedicated to women, 15 are referred to saints, priests and virgins, and of the remaining 16, six refer to generic names (Calle Covadonga, Purísima, Rosario ...).

The street only dedicates five streets to teachers, two to historical names (Queen Victoria or Isabel the Catholic) and three relevant women of the history of Sewer: Street of the Midwife Carmen Cáscales "Carmita", the Gloria Pastor Velasco Gabaldón Street or the Calle Lola Gómez La Torera.

"There are still missing in the street great women who are part of our history," laments the mayor Lara Hernandez, who in the regional elections will be number 18 on the list of the PSRM to the Regional Assembly.

The strategic equality plan promoted by the PSOE in the City Council includes a list of around thirty women so that in the next legislature it will be studied to dedicate a street to them.

Among the names stand out: Carmen Ortuño Riquelme, first councilor in the history of the City Council, Ana María Costa del Cerro, first woman who joined the staff of the Local Police or Carmen Manzanera, a journalist on the local station Radio Sintonía.

More funds for women's activities

Another of the actions planned by the plan to give visibility to women will be to launch a specific space in the municipal library dedicated to feminist literature.

The implementation of the Department of Gender Equality plans to increase municipal funds for activities aimed at women.

"The municipal budget allocates a game of 9,000 euros and we think it is an entirely insufficient amount if we take into account the data of the National Institute of Statistics: of the 41,622 people residing in our city, a total of 21,083 are women", recalls the mayoral candidate, Francisco Saavedra.

"This strategic plan will be a living document in which we will incorporate the contributions of other groups with representation in the City Council and all associations in the town."

The new Council will develop training actions with municipal staff to improve their skills in gender equality and will also promote awareness of the local business fabric in terms of reconciliation and co-responsibility.

"From the City Council will prevent hiring in the public sector companies sanctioned by discrimination and encourage companies to adopt equality plans, to eliminate the gender pay gap and to take measures to promote family reconciliation," concludes Saavedra.

Source: PSOE Alcantarilla

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