Sweden’s First-Ever Women-Only Festival

At this year’s Bråvalla music festival in Sweden, there were four rapes and 23 sexual assaults—that were reported. After a torrent of assaults at festivals across the country this summer, Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare decided to organize a women-only event and it’s been successfully crowdfunded, raising some 500,000 Swedish krona (around $51k+ USD). Statement Festival will not allow cisgender men to attend, and on their Kickstarter page made their goal clear: “Help us to create a safe space for the people who want to attend a festival without feeling scared for their personal safety.” Read more at the Guardian.