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Femen’s ‘Topless Jihad’ campaign has received much media coverage in the last few weeks and has sparked heated debates amongst Muslim communities both in and around Europe. The group, which is no stranger to using topless protests as a means to call attention to violations of women’s rights, have been heavily criticised by both feminists and Muslim women themselves who have described their actions as feeding into a racist, colonial brand of feminism at odds with the central tenets of the Feminist movement.
Femen’s founder Inna Shevchenko claimed that “Topless protests are the battle flags of women’s resistance, a symbol of a woman’s acquisition of rights over her own body!”
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