Iceland hosts first #MeToo violence conference


Iceland hosts first #MeToo violence conference

The day before yesterday, September 17, the first international conference #MeToo started in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. The event, which will go on for three days, is attended by thousands of women. Conference organized Prime Minister Catherine Jacobsdottir. The politician hopes that this will help in the fight against violence against the fairer sex.

The #MeToo movement has revealed many instances of harassment and violence, all of which look like an epidemic. We must come up with mechanisms that can make a difference, in the name of future generations. The situations that were described under this hashtag should remain only a line in history,

She said to The Guardian.

Catherine Jacobsdouttir
Catherine Jacobsdouttir

Among the participants and speakers (more than 800 applications were submitted – this is almost twice as much as was originally expected) – women with disabilities, women migrants and paramedical personnel who share their stories. The three-day event will also discuss the impact of the #MeToo movement on the world. It is planned that eighty people will act as speakers, among them UN press secretary Purna Sen, American human rights activist Angela Davis, co-founder of the Women's Equality Party in the UK, Catherine Mayer and others. Participation in the conference is free, and public-talk will be broadcast live.

Recall the hashtag, under which women began to openly tell their stories, appeared in October 2017. Then several actresses were immediately accused of sexual harassment film producer Harvey Weinstein.

The #MeToo Moving Forward conference is sponsored by the Nordic Council of Ministers, currently chaired by Iceland. Respect for women's rights has long been at the core of the politics of a country in which a woman is prime minister.


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