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Women paint the town pink

Women in Iceland celebrated the Day of Women’s Rights yesterday, marking 92 years since women in Iceland were given the right to vote. Women took a historic walk through downtown Reykjavík and wore pink for the occasion.

The women walked from Kvennaskólinn Junior College, a former school for women, to Hallveigarstadir, where the Women Rights Association is housed. The walk was guided by the historian Kristín Ástgeirsdóttir, Morgunbladid reports.

In Hallveigarstadir, Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir addressed the assembly. “We must have the common goal to increase the power of women in the Icelandic community.”

“Nothing has prevented women from obtaining sovereignty more than their own obedience,” the foreign minister said. “Women have not taken the space they need to obtain independence and they are not accepted in their own right.”

“It is time for women to take that space, use their sovereignty, build it on their own unique position and strength and share it with men if they want to. That is what sovereign states and women in a modern community should do,” Gísladóttir concluded.

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