Though music festivals can offer an escape from reality and can bring together music lovers from around the world, they are also a space where women often feel unsafe.
To combat the serious issue of sexual assault, the Glastonbury music festival is opening a venue exclusively for women for the first time ever. The venue will be run by The Sisterhood, an organization that describes itself an “intersectional, queer, trans and disability-inclusive space open to all people who identify as women.” All venue staff and performers will also be those who identify as women.
The area, located in the Shangri-La zone of the festival. will feature DJs and various genres of music, from disco to punk to pop. Those who visit The Sisterhood can also attend workshops on intersectionality, diversity and DIY power tools, according to NME.
“The producers of The Sisterhood believe that women only spaces are necessary in a world that is still run by and designed to benefit mainly men,” festival organizers said. “Oppression against women continues in various manifestations around the world today, in different cultural contexts.”