The City of Reykjavík will organize 100 smaller and larger events this year in celebration of the centennial anniversary of women’s right to vote in Iceland. The events will look back on the achievements of the women’s rights movement while promoting further gender equality.
The celebrations began formally yesterday with discussions in Reykjavík City Council, as stated in a press release. Among ideas discussed were that June 19, the day when women achieved the right to vote, be made a national holiday.
The anniversary will also be remembered with events around the country, such as with a traveling exhibition by the Women’s Rights Association of Iceland, which opened in Snorrastofa in Reykholt, West Iceland, yesterday, ruv.is reports.
Events in the capital include the visual art exhibition ‘Aquarius – Mountain+Woman’ in Reykjavík Art Museum, Ásmundarsafn building, in February, a special program on International Women’s Day on March 8, a conference on action against domestic violence in April and a group exhibition by 30 visual artists at Reykjavík Art Museum in September.
There will also be guided walks to places of historical importance to the women’s rights movement, events in relation with all the main festivals, and city authorities will collaborate with grassroot movements on further events. People are also welcome to make suggestions by email: [email protected].
A Facebook page has been established because of the anniversary: facebook.com/kosningaretturkvenna