Their audacious topless stunts have earned them high-value exposure in the West - but with an approaching election at home in Ukraine, can the women's rights group Femen make a real difference? The door to Femen headquarters is adorned with a large pair of sculpted breasts, painted in blue and yellow, the Ukrainian colours. Despite complaining of police harassment and making plenty of enemies, they clearly have no intention of being discreet. Inside the small, unfurnished basement flat near Kiev's main square, four women, the eldest 25, sit in a line on a bench. Oleksandra Shevchenko, the tallest, sets out the group's ideology. Ms Shevchenko helped found the movement in in reaction to what they saw as the belittled status of women in post-Soviet Ukraine.
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In France, members of the protest group have been beaten and detained, but they're using the experience to train for a bigger challenge. PARIS -- In mid-November, when Inna Shevchenko, 22, Femen's leader in France, and Oksana Shachko, 25, a veteran Femen activist, heard that the militant Catholic organization Institut Civitas was planning to protest against a proposed law that would legalize same-sex marriage in the country, they decided to stage an in situ counter-demonstration in the controversial, deliberately provocative style for which their group has won no small measure of notoriety. Once there, they stripped down to their black panties and black and white head veils, and began marching, breasts bare, brandishing their "sperm," and chanting, in an ever more strident crescendo, "In Gay We Trust! In Gay We Trust!
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Alexandra, a slinky blonde who goes by Sasha, knows how to fight. Her face, with pouty lips and blue eyes, can morph from winsome to fearsome in the seconds it takes to strip off a T-shirt and pump a fist in the air. It is a move she has perfected, most recently in April at a trade fair in Germany where she charged, half-naked, toward Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Vladimir V.
The German weekly reports:. In order to gain a voice, they had to become like men. We have the right to use our bodies as weapons. The Senate advanced the bipartisan infrastructure bill on Saturday afternoon, breaking a filibuster to end debate on the deal crafted by a group of 10 senators alongside President Joe Biden. The vote, which was , easily cleared the 60 votes needed to move forward.