The Swedish government ruled Statement Festival breached gender discrimination laws, but imposed no penalties.
Sweden’s Discrimination Ombudsman (DO) has ruled that women-only event Statement Festival was in breach of the law that bans gender discrimination. According to The Guardian, the ruling stated that despite the fact that festival organizers did not enforce the “man-free” rule, their statements prior to the event discouraged a specific gender from attending which is in breach of the law.
“It is important to point out what an infringement is. These [infringements relate to] statements made before the festival, that they wrote on their website. Still, we haven’t been able to prove that someone would have been discriminated against in connection with the implementation or that someone would have been rejected,” said DO press officer Class Lundstedt.
The first-ever Statement Festival launched this summer in August in Gothenburg, Sweden and was billed as “the world’s first major music festival for women, non-binary and transgender only.” The women-only festival was put together in response to many women feeling harassed at music festivals.