For Inna Shevchenko, Ukraine is particularly pertinent. She fled her birthplace in 2012 after cutting down a holy cross in Kyiv in a protest that inflamed the former president Victor Yanukovych. Since then Ukraine has undergone violent revolution and creeps dangerously close to a violent standoff with Russia. Speaking to Channel 4 News from Paris, Ms Shevchenko says the revolution and overthrowing of the president was inevitable. "We were one of the first victims and political refuges of [former president] Yanokovych's regime. >>>
Femen leader Anna Hutsol has posted an artistic video on YouTube entitled Women Spring Is Coming. It's age-restricted, but can't be described as pornographic. In the video, another Femen leader, Inna Shevchenko, declares that she and her colleagues in the international feminist group are in a war for civil rights. She implores viewers to help her group allow women to hear their "scream of freedom". Femen was founded in Ukraine in 2008 and has focused a great deal of attention on Russian president Vladimir Putin's antigay legislation. The group also opposes the Catholic Church's stance on same-sex >>>
Ukraine's most famous political figure and presidential candidate (Yulia Tymoshenko) and protest collective (Femen) may be women, but according to the government in Kyiv only men pose as a formidable threat. How else do we interpret the curious decision to issue an entry ban to all single Russian men between the ages of 16 and 60? According to Russian press sources, about 45 Russian citizens were pulled from their Ukraine-bound flights since the entry restrictions were put in place by the Ukrainian borders service today.The full document outlining this policy >>>
If you consider yourself a feminist (or have feminist leanings), are passing by Paris, and keen for a non-postcardesque experience of the capital, take the Métro up North to the outskirts of Clichy. From Saturday onwards, riotous activist group FEMEN (identifiable by their bare slogan-bearing chests and floral head pieces) are opening their headquarters. The space, a large factory formerly used as film production company, will become a permanent home to eight members and welcome women worldwide. We want this to be a womens house, open to anyone interested. Our action takes place on >>>
Femen and Everyday Sexism are two breakthrough movements to emerge in recent times, and they bring their own distinct “manifestos” in book form. Both confirm that feminism is no longer a dirty word among twentysomethings but also that the ideology manifests itself differently from their campaigning Second Wave predecessors.Femen was born out of Marxist theory and performance protests in the Ukraine in 2008, Everyday Sexism from an online forum begun in 2012 that has turned into a global collective, of sorts. The former wear flowers in their hair and not much else; the latter aims to unite >>>
Femen and Everyday Sexism are two breakthrough movements to emerge in recent times, and they bring their own distinct “manifestos” in book form. Both confirm that feminism is no longer a dirty word among twentysomethings but also that the ideology manifests itself differently from its Second Wave predecessors.Femen was born out of Marxist theory and performance protests in the Ukraine in 2008, Everyday Sexism from an online forum begun in 2012 that has turned into a global collective, of sorts. The former wear flowers in their hair and not much else; the latter aims to unite women though story-sharing >>>
When she vanished in Belarus, Australian filmmaker Kitty Green got a dose of unplanned publicity for her film. She'd been living among members of Femen, the Ukrainian feminist protest collective that had drawn worldwide notoriety for its topless street theatrics. In December 2011, members of Femen ventured to Minsk, the capital of neighboring Belarus, to stage a demonstration against the so-called "Europe's last dictatorship" of Lukashenko. In an incident that received worldwide attention, Belarusian security officials detained Green, confiscated >>>
A group of topless female activists have launched a protest against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following his recent decision to ban Twitter and YouTube in Turkey. Activists from the radical group Femen brandished the words "Ban Erdogan" on their chests in the Istanbul polling station where the beleaguered premier had been scheduled to vote, ahead of local elections this week. The protesters, who bared their breasts briefly, were quickly arrested and their breasts covered by officers. Femen had already forced Erdogan to change the location of his vote, after the >>>
The two women, who had the words "Ban Erdogan" written across their chests, were quickly covered up and arrested after flashing their breasts in the Istanbul polling station where Erdogan had been due to vote. The conservative premier had already opted for a different ballot location after Femen had announced plans for the protest at the elementary school on the Asian side of the city where Erdogan has voted in the past. The Ukraine-based feminist group had staged earlier actions against Erdogan's decision to block Twitter after the social media service was used to spread damaging corruption claims >>>
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