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The Eiswette festival is full of colorful traditions

A dispute about sexism erupted in the German port city of Bremen, after a prestigious charity event refused to invite the co-mayor because she is a woman.

the Eiswette The club (Ice Bet) organizes each year in January a dinner with a black tie among the many colorful events that make up the popular festival, in order to raise funds for the country's search and rescue service at sea. Weser Kurier newspaper articles.

The big and good Germans, as well as their foreign guests, come in hundreds to bet on the breaking of the ice on the Weser – but only if it's men. The gala dinner has been an exclusively male preserve for 190 years. But this year, the dilemma was confronted on Saturday when the city's chief mayor, Senate President Carsten Sieling, retired to attend the funeral of Pawel Adamowicz, the murdered mayor of Gdansk in Poland.

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The Social Democrat mayor has named his co-mayor Karoline Linnert, the finance minister, as the junior partner of the ruling coalition's Greens in his place. But the Eiswette refused to break with tradition and gave place to the mayor of the nearby town of Bremerhaven, who happens to be a man.

Ms. Linnert did not hide her disgust. "The gentlemen of Eiswette attach great importance to etiquette, but suddenly the protocol is of no importance when – what horror! – the official substitute of the mayor of Bremen is the mayor of Bremen" , said the green politician posted on Facebook.

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Karoline Linnert wished a pleasant evening to the guests

She was particularly offended by the fact that, in the year when Germany celebrates the centennial of women's voting, "Eiswette still thinks that it is fair to exclude women under the guise of traditions ", while wishing a pleasant evening to the men.

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The story shocked much of the German press and the expressions of support for Ms. Linnert also predominate on social media.

Senator of the Bremen Interior, Ulrich Mäurer, refused his invitation in solidarity with his colleague. "The Senate decides who represents the Senate, not the organizers of Eiswette," said his spokesman at Weser Kurier.

Senator for Social Affairs Anja Stahmann was also not impressed by the protests of tradition. "If you really want to embarrass Bremen, keep it up, there's a mayor present at Eiswette for 189. It's a tradition too, but the gentlemen have just thrown it into the sea." to stay together, "she said. the Bild tabloid.

"Nonsense of the kind"

The Eiswette decision has found some support on social media, much of which – with the exception of names – relying on the club's argument for tradition and tradition. money raised.

"Eiswette has been around for decades and it is a tradition that only men participate in it, large sums of money are paid and you should be happy, instead of mixing with old customs," he said. he declared. club defender wrote on Karoline Linnert's Facebook post.

The Eiswette organizers themselves remain unrepentant. Just before dinner, club president Patrick Wendisch mocked the wave of public criticism.

"We are a gentlemen's club, and we can not do anything wrong," he told Bild. "If the pope was a woman, even he could not enter," he added.

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The gala dinner is exclusively male, except for staff on duty.

Martin Morgan's report

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