What’s in a name?

Luther King project aims to change street names in Adeje

A delegation of students from Luther King College paid a visit to the Adeje council offices recently to ask for something a bit different- they want to council to change a few street names.

The students from Luther King recently carried out a study of street names in Adeje, Arona, Granadilla, San Miguel and Vilaflor, and with the results they are following the lead set in Malaga under the hashtag, #merezcounaacalle (she deserves a street), the aim being to give more leading women the recognition they deserve by naming more streets after them.

The results of their study in Adeje shows that in the borough there are 38 streets named after men, and only 8 named after women. The students, who met with councillors Ermitas Moreira García, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez and Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, presented a petition asking that the council consider naming an Adeje street after Jocelyn Bell Burnell, a British astronomer who discovered pulsars, the cosmic sources of peculiar radio pulses. The students have also said they will forward a list of other possible candidates for street, plaza or avenue names.

The councillors who met with the students, currently in the second year of high school, and some of whom are from Adeje, were impressed with the work done. “Adeje is a borough in growth and given the results of the study you have carried out we can now take this into consideration and look at naming places after women who have contributed in some way to Adeje society, women who have been recognised and awarded the town’s Abinque prize”, they said. The Abinque prize has been awarded every year, for the last 15 years, to a woman or group of women, who have contributed to Adeje’s growth as an equal opportunities borough.

The students expressed interest in the ways in which Adeje is contributing to the evolution of real equality as the local councillor for equality outlined the work of the council in this regard, the in-house training and education, the treatment of diversity issues and working to insist on inclusive language in official communications and relations with the public.

The students also heard details of the work with the borough’ s schools as well as across all the council departments, the workshops to empower women and stamp out inequality and break down borders and obstacles to effective and real advancement, and the move ahead to ensure the integration of women in all aspects of society.
Department of Communications