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Oksana Shachko (ua)

Oksana Shachko is a Ukrainian artist and activist. She was one of the founders of FEMEN in April 2008, along with Anna Hutsol and Alexandra Shevchenko. They initially protested about issues affecting women students, but rapidly moved on to demonstrating against the sexual exploitation of Ukrainian women. and against sex tourism.

Initially FEMEN gained attention by demonstrating while dressed in underwear: however, in August 2009 Shachko bared her breasts at a protest in Kiev. Since then FEMEN activists have regularly protested ‘topless’, and broadened their agenda to women's rights and civil rights in Ukraine and around the world.

France granted her political refugee status in 2013. She live now as a painter in Paris.

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