Inna Shevchenko

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Date of Birth June 23, 1990
Place of Birth Ukraine
Age 30 years old
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Inna Shevchenko

Inna Shevchenko is a feminist activist and the leader of international women's movement FEMEN, which often demonstrates topless against what they perceive as manifestations of patriarchy, especially dictatorship, religion, and the sex industry. Shevchenko has a higher profile than the other members of the group. She was the leader of the three FEMEN activists reputedly kidnapped and threatened by the Belarus KGB in 2011. She achieved attention in Ukraine by cutting with a chainsaw and then bringing down a 4-metre high Christian cross in central Kiev in 2012. In 2013, Shevchenko was granted asylum in France, and now continues her activism by leading FEMEN France from a training base she has established in Paris. In July 2013, Olivier Ciappa, who together with David Kawena designed a new French stamp depicting Marianne, stated on Twitter that Shevchenko had been the main inspiration for the depiction.

Born: June 23, 1990, Kherson, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Alma mater: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Occupation: Feminist activist
Movement: FEMEN
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About Inna Shevchenko

Famous as a leader of the radical feminist group FEMEN, Shevchenko was involved in the organization of numerous topless protests that sought to bring attention to the damaging effects of patriarchal society.

Before Fame

After graduating from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv with an honors degree in journalism, she found employment at the Mayor of Kiev's press office.

Achievement

In 2012, she was named one of Madame Figaro magazine's "20 Iconic Women of the Year."

Family Life

She and her sister were raised in Kherson, Ukraine, as the daughters of a soldier father.

Associations

She and the Mexican-born Susana Chavez both had high-profile careers as women's rights activists.

Information related to Inna Shevchenko

  • History of feminism - The history of feminism comprises the narratives of the movements and ideologies which have aimed at equal rights for women.
  • Women's rights in Ukraine - Women in Ukraine have equal constitutional rights as men in the economic, political, cultural and social fields, as well as in the family. Women receive lower salaries and have limited opportunity for career advancement.
  • Ukrainian women's rights activists
  • Femen
  • Ukrainian women in politics
  • Radical feminists
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