Controversial Ukrainian women’s rights activists held yet another topples protest – this time against a New Zealand Radio station’s competition for listeners to “win” a Ukrainian wife.
"Win a Trip to Beautiful Ukraine for 12 Nights and Meet Eastern European Hot Lady Who Maybe One Day You Marry," said the invitation to the NZ “The Rock FM” radio contest. Organized by a bridal agency Endless Love, it offered a 12-night trip and $2000 spending money to a lucky winner and his wife-to-be.
According to the BBC, the radio’s website stated: "The prize does not include visa application or travel for the Ukraine woman to come to New Zealand, it is the responsibility of the winner and can be arranged through Endless Love Agency at an additional cost, and will only happen with full consent from both parties."
The lucky winner has been announced as Greg The Winemaker. Before he is to be flown to Ukraine, he only needs to choose a woman from the database of Endless Love, the online “matchmaking” service between Ukrainian women and Kiwi men. While theFM’s webpage says Greg is being given a chance to meet a woman of his dreams, the Femen activists warn he can expect “an unhappy ending in Ukraine”.
“Ukraine is not a brothel, and Ukrainian women are not prostitutes,” read the banners they held at latest topless protest just outside the marriage registration office in the central Kiev.
Femen activists are being known for their controversial topless protests, mostly against sex tourism and domestic violence in Ukraine. While their bare breasted stages do receive global media coverage, other Ukrainian feminist organizations do not have much understanding for Femen’s means of “political expression”.