I was sent a link to a tweet last night that infuriated me beyond measure, posted by a woman who says that she was sexually harassed at Oppikoppi by a DJ who played at the festival this past weekend.
I would encourage you to read the full thread, but the way that Kitcheners swiftly dealt with the situation as soon as they were tagged, gives me hope that there are venues and promoters that will not tolerate sexual harassment and will commit to not booking the perpetrators of said harassment going forward.
Like most of us, DJ and head of SheSaidSo South Africa, ANG (Angela Weickl) has had more than enough. This morning she posted the following status on Facebook.
It’s about bloody time somebody started a list like this. After chatting briefly with ANG this morning she told me that she’d be more than happy to share this list with any women and LGBTQ individuals who may be concerned about sharing their work spaces with toxic individuals.
Additionally, ANG and I would like to urge any women and LGBTQ individuals in our music scene who have been forced to work in silence alongside men who have been inappropriate towards them to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your experience will be treated with the utmost respect and confidentiality, however we think it’s important to stress that we will only be dealing with first hand experiences and not baseless rumours.
Happy Women’s Month.