At Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík today, about 3,000 people took part in One Billion Rising, an international event, where people across the globe gather in dance to demand an end to violence against women. This is the fifth time that such an event is held in Reykjavík. Two hundred cities across the world took part in the event, including ten locations outside the capital area in Iceland.
The focus of today’s gathering at Harpa was to honor the memory of Birna Brjánsdóttir, the 20-year-old, whose violent death on January 14 shook the Icelandic nation.
Twenty of the participating cities worldwide have vowed to become safer places, Reykjavík among them.
On the website of One Billion Rising, it says, “One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. One billion women violated is and atrocity. One billion women dancing is a revolution.” You can watch a video of the dance at Harpa here.