The Olympic Committee must not have allowed those governments to be represented in the Olympics. They are fascists of our time, they treat women like third-class citizens. This is what we object to, this is what they are protesting against
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.”
Most recently, a Femen protester was apprehended for chasing after Russia’s Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill in Kiev’ Ukraine’s airport. The activist, who had “Kill Kirill” written on her back, protested the control and influence the Orthodox Church of Russia has over the Ukraine.
Last May, a Femen activist with the words “Fuck Euro 2012″ written on her torso, lunged for the Euro 2012 football trophy while it was on display in a Ukrainian city square. The activists believed the Euro 2012 was an excuse for prostitution and sex trafficking.
According to the Facebook page of Femen, 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”.
The protesters have gained prominence for their topless public activism against political and social ills, especially in the realm of women’s rights.