With her top peeled off and the words “Fuck Euro 2012” written on her torso, Inna Shevchenko grabbed hold of the two foot high Euro 2012 football trophy on Monday.
The 21 year old Ukrainian women’s rights activist from the Femen group lunged for the trophy while it was on public display in a central square of Dnipropetrovsk, in the southeast of Ukraine.
Security guards rushed in on Shevchenko while another activist, a 46-year-old French journalist from a French women’s magazine, stood beside the cup and began stripping from the waist revealing the same condemning slogan.
The topless Kiev-based Femen group, who’s Facebook page reads, “Our God is woman, our mission is protest, our weapons are bare breasts!” was founded in 2008 and became internationally known for organizing topless protests against sex tourists, international marriage agencies, sexism and what the group describes as “other social, national and international ills.”
According to their Facebook page, the group’s goals are “To develop leadership, intellectual and moral qualities of the young women in Ukraine” and “To build up the image of Ukraine, the country with great opportunities for women”.
Femen activists believe that the upcoming Euro 2012 will usher in a wave of prostitution to the Ukraine and turn the country into a destination for sex tourists.