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'We'll stay here until men learn to behave' - Man-free festival held in Gothenburg04:36

'We'll stay here until men learn to behave' - Man-free festival held in Gothenburg

Sweden, Gothenburg
August 31, 2018 at 22:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

'Statement' festival, which claims to be the world's first man-free festival for women, trans and non-binary people kicked off place in Gothenburg, as footage filmed on Friday shows.

The idea of the event came from a tweet posted by the Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare after she read a report about high number of rape and sexual assaults at several Swedish music festivals. The concept was met with a wide support and a fundraising campaign was launched.

"It's not a solution to the problem. It's a reaction to the problem. The guys have the solution, I think. But this is a reaction," said Emma Knyckare.

During the festival, even technical teams and journalists who identify themselves as cis-men, which means men whose sex assigned at birth matches their gender identity, are not allowed inside the main festival area. The strict rules caused concern that the project would be considered as male discrimination. However, the attendees seem not to agree with this argument.

"That's our mission that we all could join together, go to festivals, have freedom, fun, drink, dancing. Until then we will stay here, until men learn to behave," said Emelie Terenius, one of its organisers.

'We'll stay here until men learn to behave' - Man-free festival held in Gothenburg04:36
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'Statement' festival, which claims to be the world's first man-free festival for women, trans and non-binary people kicked off place in Gothenburg, as footage filmed on Friday shows.

The idea of the event came from a tweet posted by the Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare after she read a report about high number of rape and sexual assaults at several Swedish music festivals. The concept was met with a wide support and a fundraising campaign was launched.

"It's not a solution to the problem. It's a reaction to the problem. The guys have the solution, I think. But this is a reaction," said Emma Knyckare.

During the festival, even technical teams and journalists who identify themselves as cis-men, which means men whose sex assigned at birth matches their gender identity, are not allowed inside the main festival area. The strict rules caused concern that the project would be considered as male discrimination. However, the attendees seem not to agree with this argument.

"That's our mission that we all could join together, go to festivals, have freedom, fun, drink, dancing. Until then we will stay here, until men learn to behave," said Emelie Terenius, one of its organisers.

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