UN Women Butterfly Week Begins in Iceland Skip to content

UN Women Butterfly Week Begins in Iceland

UN Women’s annual Butterfly Week formally opened at Austurvöllur square in central Reykjavík yesterday to raise funds in support for women in the world’s poorest regions. The initiative will carry on through September 18.


From Austurvöllur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

This is the second time that such a fundraising initiative is held in Iceland. Last time, in 2008, ISK 100 million (USD 848 million, EUR 623 million) were raised, visir.is reports.

The goal this year is to urge Icelanders to participate in uprooting violence, poverty and injustice in the poorest communities in the world.

The initiative’s name indicates the butterfly effect that could occur on the other side of the planet through goodwill in Iceland.

To mark the launch, school children from Vesturbaejarskóli decorated trees on Austurvöllur with butterflies they made themselves and sang for the women of the world.

Former Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir gave the opening address, followed by a speech by Inga Dóra Pétursdóttir, managing director of UN Women in Iceland.


Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!

Share article