Just shy of 2,000 women working in the Swedish music business, from internationally known artists to managers to CEOs, have signed an open letter alleging widespread sexual abuse and harassment in the Scandinavian country, and calling for major changes across the industry.
The letter, published late last week in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, was signed by 1,993 women including Robyn, Zara Larsson, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Bebban Stenborg of Shout Out Louds and Johanna and Klara Söderberg of First Aid Kit, among many others. Included are short testimonials that range from accounts of being sexualized by executives to intimidation to assault and rape.
"In the music industry, we work around the clock, often with unsafe and temporary employment. Being courteous and not worrying becomes extra important in order not to be [fired]," the letter reads. "This makes women in the music industry targets for [interactions] that are often of a sexual nature. We live in a life where the law of consent is still far away, where we are objectified and where sexual abuse and harassment are more common than [not]."