By sharing her personal experiences as a woman, activist, political refugee, Inna delivers passionate speeches on human rights, feminism, free speech.
Inna Shevchenko is a human rights activist, feminist campaigner, speaker and writer.
Shevchenko has campaigned with FEMEN in Ukraine from 2009 and brought the movement to the international level in 2012 after fleeing Ukraine for France. She was kidnapped and threatened by the Belarus KGB in 2011 and was given political asylum in France after facing persecutions 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 speaker at international conferences 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 an 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 co-wrote 4 books on women's rights that were published in France and translated in other countries. In November 2017, Shevchenko was awarded International Secularism award.
Shevchenko graduated in journalist from National Taras Shevchenko University in Ukraine and holds a master in political sciences from French Institute of Political Sciences (SciencesPo - Paris).