Glastonbury Festival Introduces Women-Only 'Sisterhood' Venue

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Revellers carry their belongings as they leave Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, England, June 29, 2015. For the first time in its history, this year's festival will feature a space called The Sisterhood that is open only to women. Dylan Martinez/Reuters

The Glastonbury Festival has announced it will introduce its first women-only venue this year.

The long-running music and performing arts event in Somerset, England—which will be held from June 22 to 26—said The Sisterhood will be an "intersectional, queer, trans and disability-inclusive space" that is strictly out of bounds to men.

It will be completely women-only, from attendees to security guards and performers.

Organizers said in a statement: "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.

"Oppression against women continues in various manifestations around the world today, in different cultural contexts. In the U.K., the gender pay gap in the workplace, cuts to domestic violence services and sex worker rights are current talking points that highlight this issue.

"The Sisterhood seeks to provide a secret space for women to connect, network, share their stories, have fun and learn the best way to support each other in our global struggle to end oppression against women and all marginalized people, while showcasing the best and boldest female talent in the U.K. and beyond."

There have been mixed reactions to the new venue, with outspoken festival goers taking to Twitter to express their views:

Fantastic women only event happening at Glasto and *surprise surprise* all the straight white males are kicking off

— Alex Cabré (@_alex_cabre) June 3, 2016

@join_sisterhood I fully support what you're doing. Have a great Glasto. Much respect :)

— Dave Stalker (@stalker_glasto) June 5, 2016

The Sisterhood will be situated in Glastonbury's Shangri-La zone.