Women-Only Swedish Festival Responds to Being Called Discriminatory by Government


The Swedish authorities dominated Statement Festival breached gender discrimination legal guidelines, however imposed no penalties.

Sweden’s Discrimination Ombudsman (DO) has dominated that women-only occasion Statement Festival was in breach of the legislation that bans gender discrimination. According to The Guardian, the ruling acknowledged that although pageant organizers didn’t implement the “man-free” rule, their statements previous to the occasion discouraged a selected gender from attending which is in breach of the legislation.

“It is essential to level out what an infringement is. These [infringements relate to] statements made earlier than the pageant, that they wrote on their web site. Still, we haven’t been in a position to show that somebody would have been discriminated towards in reference to the implementation or that somebody would have been rejected,” mentioned DO press officer Class Lundstedt.

The first-ever Statement Festival launched this summer season in August in Gothenburg, Sweden and was billed as “the world’s first main music pageant for girls, non-binary and transgender solely.” The women-only pageant was put collectively in response to many ladies feeling harassed at music festivals.

In 2017, Swedish music festivals comparable to Bråvalla and Putte I Parken had been laden with instances of sexual assault. Women at Bråvalla reported 4 rapes and 23 incidents of sexual assault on the 2017 occasion, which led to the cancellation of its 2018 iteration.

As a consequence, 22 people fronted by Swedish comic and radio presenter, Emma Knyckare, launched a Kickstarter marketing campaign to lift funds for a music pageant with out males. The marketing campaign reached its funding aim in simply 31 days and organizers debuted the occasion this previous August.

Following the DO ruling, Statement Festival took to Facebook to reply, stating “It’s unhappy that what 5,000 girls, non-binaries and transgender skilled as a life-changing pageant made just a few cis males lose it utterly. The success of the Statement pageant reveals that’s precisely what we want and the DO’s verdict doesn’t change this reality. Otherwise, we have now no feedback. We are busy altering the world.”

While the pageant was discovered responsible of breaching the gender discrimination legislation, the DO additionally mentioned that no one suffered damages from the festivals restrictions and that no penalties could be imposed on Statement.

“Clearly, we consider that sexual abuse, particularly at festivals, is a significant issue. So we’re wanting ahead to making an attempt to appropriate this,” Lundstedt informed The Guardian. “However, it shouldn’t occur in a method that violates the legislation, which their statements within the media and their web site [did].”

The investigation into the pageant started in July and revealed that whereas the occasion was billed for girls, non-binary people and transgender girls, “no differentiation based mostly on intercourse was made between guests at entry.”

“People are uninterested in sexual assaults and many individuals appear to wish a secure place the place they’ll take heed to music and drink beer for 2 days,” Knyckare informed Amplify in October of 2017.

The comic added: “Most males in Sweden perceive why that is wanted and need to help their daughters, wives, associates, and lovers. Statement is just not an answer of the issue, it’s a response.”