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Two Hundred Take Part in UN Women's Candle Light March

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Two Hundred Take Part in UN Women's Candle Light March

UN Women candlelight walk

Photo: UN Women Iceland/Facebook

The annual UN Women’s Candle Light March took place in downtown Reykjavík on Sunday, RÚV reports. Two hundred people took part in the march, which is held in observance of the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and marks the start of “16 days of activism, a global campaign to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.”

This year’s march was led by Sigrún Sif Jóelsdóttir, one of the participants in the “Gender-Based Violence is Closer Than You Think” video campaign which UN Women Iceland debuted earlier this year, and was dedicated to all victims of gender-based violence. “...[T]his year, the emphasis is on listening to the voices of victims,” said Arna Grímsdóttir, director of UN Women in Iceland. “Listening and being patient with them. Believing them and giving them room to breathe.”

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