Born just months before Ukraine declared independence, Inna Shevchenko is now the leader of an international women’s protest movement called FEMEN, which protests against patriarchy, the sex industry, dictatorship and religion. This month she published an illustrated book on her childhood in Ukraine, entitled “My first name is Inna”, in which she explains where her activism began and why she feels she has no other choice but to keep fighting for the full freedom of women – this despite facing death threats, torture and being forced into a life in exile.
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France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.