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Occupation  Feminist Activist
Movement  FEMEN
Name  Alexandra Shevchenko

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Born  April 24, 1988 (age 27) (1988-04-24) Khmelnytskyi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Similar People  Inna Shevchenko, Oksana Shachko, Anna Hutsol, Amina Tyler

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Alexandra Shevchenko (Ukrainian: Олександра Шевченко; (literally) Olexandra Shevchenko) is a high-profile founder member of the Ukrainian feminist protest group FEMEN, which regularly makes headline news across the world for demonstrating topless against all manifestations of patriarchy, especially dictatorship, religion, and the sex industry.

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Early life

Shevchenko was born and grew up in Khmelnytskyi (in Ukraine).

FEMEN

Anna Hutsol formed FEMEN in Kiev on 10 April 2008, with her two friends from their hometown of Khmelnytskyi, Shevchenko and Oksana Shachko. They initially protested about issues effecting women students, but rapidly moved on to demonstrating against the sexual exploitation of Ukrainian women. It was in late August 2009 that Oksana Shachko became the first member of the group to bare her breasts during a protest, but it was not until 2010 that this approach became the usual tactic in FEMEN demonstrations, justified on the grounds that without the media attention generated by topless protests their message would not be heard.

In 2011 international news agencies started to pay more attention to this unusual group of Feminist protesters,

In late 2011 Shevchenko, along with Inna Shevchenko and Jenia Kraizman, took their protest onto the international stage. On 31 October 2011 they demonstrated dressed as French maids in Paris against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, on 5 November 2011 they protested against Silvio Berlusconi in Rome, the following day they protested against the Pope outside St. Peters, and on 10 November protested against prostitution in Zurich. On 9 December 2011 Shevchenko was in Moscow demonstrating against Vladimir Putin outside Christ the Saviour Cathedral.

In 2013 Shevchenko established a training facility for FEMEN Germany in Berlin.

On 9 February 2013 Shevchenko protested against female genital mutilation at the Berlin Film Festival - she had the words 'Stop Cutting my Pussy' written across her bare chest.

On 6 March 2013, FEMEN activists (including Shevchenko) in cooperation with French writer Galia Ackerman released their first book called 'FEMEN' published by Calmann-Lévy in French.

Late August 2013 Shevchenko and fellow FEMEN-members claimed to have fled out of Ukraine ("Fearing for their lives and freedom").

Filmography

  • "Nos seins, nos armes!" (Our breasts, our weapons!), documentary film (1hour 10 mins), written and directed by Caroline Fourest and Nadia El Fani, produced by Nilaya Productions, aired on France 2 on 5 March 2013.
  • "Everyday Rebellion", documentary film (1hour 58 mins), written and directed by the Riahi Brothers Arash T. Riahi and Arman Riahi, Austria / Switzerland / Germany, 2013, world premiere at Copenhagen International Documentary Festival on November 13, 2013.
  • Ukraine Is Not a Brothel
  • References

    Alexandra Shevchenko Wikipedia


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