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Ukraine feminists protest ‘Win a Wife’ competition

(AFP) / 1 March 2011

KIEV — Ukrainian feminist activists held a protest in Kiev on Tuesday to express outrage at the forthcoming visit of the winner of a national radio competition in New Zealand to “Win a Wife”.

Activists from the Femen group, which uses stripping as a shock tactic, braved wintry temperatures in central Kiev, holding banners with slogans such as “Ukraine is not a brothel”.

New Zealand’s male-oriented The Rock FM radio station ran a competition called “Win a Wife,” offering a 12-night trip to Ukraine organised by a bride agency.

The station announced the winner as a winemaker named Greg, who is due to fly into Ukraine’s gritty coal mining town of Donetsk on March 23, before travelling to the industrial town of Zaporizhia.

Femen’s members wear little but flower garlands for frequent protests against Ukraine’s sex industry and targeting of Ukrainian women by international agencies that organise sex tours.

“Femen warns the ‘lucky’ winner of the New Zealand competition that he can expect an unhappy ending in Ukraine,” activist Olexandra Shevchenko said in a statement on the movement’s blog.

“Ukraine is not a brothel and Ukrainian women are not prostitutes.”



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