Human Rights Activist & Leader of the International Women's Movement FEMEN
Inna Shevchenko is an award-winning activist and leader of international women's movement FEMEN. She was kidnapped and threatened by the Belarus KGB in 2011 and was given political asylum in France after facing persecution in her native Ukraine. In December 2012, the French magazine Madame Figaro included Shevchenko in its list of the world's top 20 iconic women of the year. In July 2013, Shevchenko was the main inspiration for a new French stamp depicting Marianne. Shevchenko is a public speaker and a columnist for the international press. She was a speaker at a debate on freedom of speech in Copenhagen on 14 February 2015 with cartoonist Lars Vilks. She was speaking about the illusion that in Western Europe people can fully enjoy freedom of speech when a terrorist opened fire in the lobby of the cultural centre, where the debate took place. Surviving the attack, Shevchenko later said, "Liberal voices should be louder than Kalashnikovs". Shevchenko has published Anatomie de L'oppression with Pauline Hillier in Editions du Seuil (2017) and is a co-author of 4 other books on women's rights. In November 2017, Shevchenko was awarded the International Secularism award in France.