I got back to UK from Kyiv last night. Just before I left for Ukraine my son Nik took me for a birthday treat to the John Gielgud Theatre, to see an up to date version of the TV political satire series ’Yes Prime Minister’. Protest methods of Ukraine’s women’s rights defenders would provide excellent material for a ’Yes Prime Minister’script!
Femen a group of young Ukrainian women activists have staged topless protests to promote women's rights and fight for democracy. Femen Leader Anna Hutsul, says ,"If sexuality is used to sell cars and cookies, why not use it for social and political projects.” Just 8 % of the Ukraine Parliament are women, a disgraceful state of affairs (or should it be affair of state?). Femen campaign at the lack of women in Government and Parliament, against violence and discrimination against women. Plus they speak out on hot political topics such as the new tax code and freedom of speech. Anna Hutsul hopes to launch a political party and stand for election to the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukraine Parliament).
Ukrainian women say 'No Prime Minister’.
My friend, women’s rights campaigner Olena Suslova and a colleague of hers are taking legal proceedings against Prime Minister Mykola Azorov on grounds of sex discrimination. There's not a single woman to be found among the government's Cabinet Ministers. When asked about the lack of women in his cabinet the Ukrainian Prime Minister replied ” With all respect to women, conducting reforms is not women's business."