Freedom Lecture: FEMEN leader Inna Shevchenko

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Datum - 08/03/2020

De Balie


On International Women’s Day, Inna Shevchenko will hold the 30th Freedom Lecture in ‘De Balie’ in Amsterdam. Inna Shevchenko is the leader of FEMEN, topless activists against various manifestations of patriarchy, including dictatorship, religion, and the sex industry.

Inna Shevchenko was kidnapped and threatened by the Belarus KGB in 2011 and was given political asylum in France. During her speech on 14 February 2015 a terrorist opened fire in the lobby of where the debate took place. Surviving the attack, Shevchenko later said, “Liberal voices should be louder than Kalashnikovs”.

Where do we stand in the fight for women’s rights? With Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, Viktor Orban in Hongary, Vox in Andalusia or PiS in Poland, all over the world women’s rights are regressing under nationalistic governments. Is this a turning point in the progress that has been made in the last decennia? And what is the way forward? De Balie is honored to have Inna Shevchenko with them on International Women’s Day and shed light on this matter.

She will engage in conversation with Essa Reijmers, who works at Blijf Groep and represents the Netherlands on behalf of the Dutch Women’s Council in the European Women’s Lobby Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls

Margalith Kleijwegt will also join the conversation. She is a journalist for the news magazine De Groene Amsterdammer and wrote several books. Margalith Kleijwegt has worked and lived in Brixton. As a social worker she observed several trouble spots in London. She is known as a reporter who explores sociological problems with an eye for the human story.