Topless Ukrainian activists Femen launch feminism training camp in Paris

Paris, Sept. 25 (ANI): The infamous Ukrainian feminists known for their topless protests, the Femen, have launched an ‘international training camp’ in Paris to teach a new generation of women to fight sexism.

The group has set up the training camp at a former theater in the French capital’s Goutte d’Or district.

A leather punching bag is surrounded by Femen slogans like ‘Nudity is freedom’ and ‘I am a woman, not an object’.

“Soldiers will be born here, but they will not be French soldiers,” Inna Shevchenko, 22, said, adding: “They will be feminist soldiers, international soldiers.”

According to the New York Daily News, the Femen was founded in 2008 to protest sexism and sex trafficking in the Ukraine.

They crashed religious events, as well as the 2012 Olympics in London, and Shevchenko took a chainsaw to a giant cross in public after members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot were jailed, the report said.

They gained notoriety for demonstrating topless, with rallying cries like ‘I am free’ and ‘naked war’ painted on their bodies.

The chainsaw stunt led to Shevchenko being monitored by undercover agents, and she fled to France, the report said.

French feminists then suggested that the Femen establish a base in Paris. Before the invitation, Shevchenko said, “we thought of France as a first world and already feminist country that didn’t really need us.”

Training at the new facility will be “moral but also physical,” Shevchenko said, adding: “You have to be in good shape, because at protests you may need to run away or attack the police or jump on a building or a car.”

The group plans to open another training camp in its home base of Kyiv, and a third in Brazil before the 2016 Olympics, according to the report. (ANI)


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The mission of the "FEMEN" movement is to create the most favourable conditions for the young women to join up into a social group with the general idea of the mutual support and social responsibility, helping to reveal the talents of each member of the movement.

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