Awareness of gender-based violence against women was raised during a march with torches in Reykjavík yesterday, the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Sólfarid. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The procession marched from the Culture House on Hverfisgata to the outdoor sculpture Sólfarid on Saebraut, Morgunbladid reports.
The torchbearers were, among others, Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir, Minister of Finance Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, MP Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Police Chief Stefán Eiríksson and actress Halldóra Geirsdóttir.
Yesterday, UNIFEM Iceland celebrated its 20th anniversary.
PM Sigurdardóttir attended the anniversary and said in her address that despite imminent cutbacks the operations of the crisis center for rape victims at Landspítali national hospital will be spared, as stated on the website of the Prime Minister’s Office.