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Topless swimming in Laugardalslaug swimming pool on Saturday to celebrate a year of FreetheNipple

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  • Celebrations Karen Björk Eyþórsdóttir, Stefanía Pálsdóttir and Sóley Sigurjónsdóttir organise Saturday’s events. A year has passed since the Free the Nipple campaign took Iceland by storm. Photo/Ernir 

Exactly a year ago, the Free the Nipple campaign took Iceland and the Icelandic media by storm. Young Icelandic women began to post pictures of their breasts on social media, using the hashtag FreeTheNipple, in order to reclaim control of their bodies.

Read more: Icelandic "Free The Nipple" campaign takes over the capital

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the campaign, some special events have been scheduled to take place over the weekend. Women are urged to assemble in Laugardalslaug swimming pool on Saturday (26th of March) between 1-4pm for a topless dip. Later that evening a free screening of the film Suffragette takes place at Bíó Paradís (Hverfisgata 54).

Read more: Member of parliament bares breast in support of #Free the nipple campaign

“We need to keep the dialog going because this is an important issue that needs to be addressed. We’ve noticed a big change in the past year, but there are many more battles to fight,” Karen Björk Eyþórsdóttir, one of the event’s organisers, told Fréttablaðið newspaper.

The Free the Nipple movement is an international equality movement focused upon the double standards regarding the censorship of female breasts and society’s tendency to sexualise the female body. The campaign suddenly went viral in Iceland last year after a high school stu­dent was bullied by a young man for hav­ing posted a pic­ture on Twitter that showed her nip­ple.

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