Well it certainly seems Weird that women do not get equal pay, and I intend to participate! I will march my womanly feet to the bone.
Skotturnar is an organisation that ties together all the women's coalitions in Iceland, counting over 10.000 members (for example all the women's clubs in Iceland). We're planning and preparing for the Women's Strike on October 25th. Women are urged to walk out of their workplaces at 14:25 and gather in downtown Reykjavík. We're expecting 100.000 people to attend. The Women's Strike in 1975 drew fifty thousand women, and 75.000 women attended in 2005. We are going to march down Skólavörðustígur (after having gathered by Hallgrímskirkja), demanding equal pay for women. As a matter of fact, women in Iceland have 65% of men's pay, and yet we're doing far better in matters of gender equality than most other countries in the world. The march will lead to Arnarhóll, where a rally will take place on a large stage. The cream of the crop will address the crowd, including women like Rashida Manjoo, the United Nations Special Rapporteur, and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the world's first female president. Our focal point is the battle against gender violence, paying special attention to men's sexual violence against women.
I saw some great bands at Airwaves this year including Ourlives, Cliff Clavin, Amiina, Efterklang, Lay Low, Seabear, Ölafur Arnalds, and the legendary Ghostigital with Episode 5 of the Weird Girls Project, Hovering Hoover Skates.
I would like to thank Nick Knowles and the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival for the passes for myself as well as for the Kickstarter pledges. Every year 100's of Icelandic bands and a smattering of foreign ones play in venues day and night all over Reykjavik. Journalists from all over the world come to report on the Icelandic music scene.
Tonight I want to see Mammut. A previous review sums them up. The whole of Reykjavik is alive with the sound of music!
The group is a powerhouse on stage, delivering series of searing post-punk songs that were terrifically fractured and neurotic. Guitarists Arnar and Alexandra deliver notes in tight clusters, and the songs strike like stabs to the chest. Vocalist Kata is just as aggressive: her voice is a miracle, a collection of tics and gasps and shrieks that injects the songs with the proper sense of panic. Their set was a series of well-timed thrills, breathless and invigorating"
- J. Edward Keyes, The Reykjavik Grapevine.
Over $7,000 has been raised on Kickstarter and I am so grateful and pleased. I had to develop nerves of steel to persist.
I think I will wait quite some time before I spend every waking minute trying to raise microgifts from anyone with a pulse.
It is not for the fainthearted. But thanks you so much to everyone who believes in the project. I am going to have a small rest now.