WARNING: Graphic Content. The Femen movement was partly a reaction to the Ukraine becoming the sex capital of Europe.
UKRAINE has taken the dubious mantle of the “sex capital” of Europe.
Femen was started in the former Soviet country in 2008 to oppose sex trafficking, with the slogan ‘Ukraine is not a brothel’.
Their eye-catching naked demonstrations quickly attracted publicity around the world, and their protests spread to new countries and causes.
“Women have been talking about their condition for decades now,” Femen activist Neda Topaloski recently told Vice.
“But in reality, nothing has changed. The nature of the oppression may have changed: capitalism, consumer society, the pernicious return of religion within democracies in which state and religion are supposed to be separate. These are just reiterations of male dominance.
“We have made progress in terms of civil rights but equality is far from being achieved.”
Femen activists bare their breasts while protesting in Berlin. Picture: Getty
Video journalist Nick Lazaredes investigated Ukraine’s underworld and mets the people trying to stop the sex trade in the face of violence and lack of interest from the authorities.
“With the police doing nothing, Ukraine’s young feminists are now leading the charge against the sex trade, and they’ve adopted some unusual tactics,” he said.
“And they’re not shy about using their own sex appeal to capture public attention.”