Inna Shevchenko is an activist, feminist campaigner, speaker and writer. She is the leader of International women’s movement FEMEN, the worldwide movement of topless activists that stage protests against patriarchy, especially dictatorship, religion, and the sex industry.
Shevchenko was born in Ukraine, studied journalism in Taras Shevchenko National University in Kiev and worked as a press-officer of Kiev’s city mayor. She joined FEMEN in 2009, and in 2011, she and two other FEMEN members were brutally tortured in Belarus by members of the KGB, after FEMEN’s topless protest in support of political prisoners in Belarus, Minsk.
In 2013, she was granted political asylum in France and currently curates the work of over a dozen FEMEN branches, from Paris where she established a training base for feminist activists