Femen's topless crusade against traditional religions for women's rights
The target of Femen's protests is usually towards traditional religions which are still the central reason for women's oppression around the world. GoTopless knows that first hand as women so often feel ashamed of their nude body because of their upbringing.
When asked about their provocative methods, the Femen women answer: "This is the only way to be heard in this country. If we staged simple protests with banners, then our claims would not have been noticed."
Their latest creative and theatrical style protest took place on Aug 03, when members of Femen appeared topless at the entrance of the Olympic Stadium, screaming: "we killed a generation" . One of the protesters looked straight at a camera filming her and said, "I fight for women around the world. They are not free. We are not free." The British police immediately intervened and struggled to cover the women's chest and to carry the feisty protesters away.
The protest was staged against the IOC because Femen claims officials collaborate with Islamic regimes, which suppress women's rights and cause conflict for women the world over. Femen wants the IOC to bar countries with strict Islamic regimes from participating at the Olympics.
Though GoTopless agrees with Femen that Islamic regimes are repressive and must be punished for their human rights abuse, we differ from Femen in the way to handle the request for the wearing of the hijab by some women at the Olympics. For GoTopless, at the Olympics, it is a matter of gender equal rights. Both genders should be allowed to cover their head since women are permitted (in certain sports) and both genders should be allowed to go bare chested since men are permitted.
It must also be noted that both GoTopless and Femen are non-violent activist groups but GoTopless refrains from using any violent language in its protests.
Videos of 3 of Femen's famous protests: