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Sweden is a ‘man-free music festival found guilty of discrimination

People gathered at the Declaration Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, Aug. 31, 2018.
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The Declaration Festival, a women-only musical event in Sweden was found to be in error with respect to discrimination on the grounds of sex through the land of the Discrimination Ombudsman [DO].

The DO, the festival, which was announced as a “man-free” event and the “world’s first large music festival for women, non-binary and transgender only,” had “violated the country’s anti-discrimination laws,” the BBC reported.

“It is important to know what a violation is. These [violations include] explanations for the festival, which they wrote on their website. However, we have not yet been able to prove that someone would have been discriminated against in connection with the execution, or that someone would be rejected,” Class Lundstedt, the DO’s press officer, said in a statement.

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The DO said they would not impose financial sanctions because there is no differentiation on the basis of gender is made between the visitors at the entry” despite the event being billed as man-free. The first Statement Festival was held in August 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden, Billboard reported. DOING an investigation was started into the event in July 2018.

The organisers of the event posted in a statement on Facebook saying that they were aware of the decision, but were too busy to “change the world” to comment.

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“It is sad that some 5,000 women, non-binary, and transgender people experience as a life-changing festival a few cis [cisgender] men lose it completely,” the case of the organizers said in the statement, per a translation in The Guardian. “The success of the Declaration festival shows that is exactly what we need and DOING the pronunciation doesn’t change this fact.”

Emma Knyckare, a comedian, made the festival for women who are harassed and abused on other musical events. Bravalla, the country’s largest music festival, was canceled in 2018 after a number of sexual violence at the event the year before.

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