A Place Where Women Rule


All-Female Village in Kenya Is a Sign Of Burgeoning Feminism Across Africa

Ten years ago, a group of women established the village of Umoja, which means unity in Swahili, on an unwanted field of dry grasslands. The women said they had been raped and, as a result, abandoned by their husbands, who claimed they had shamed their community.

Stung by the treatment, Lolosoli, a charismatic and self-assured woman with a crown of puffy dark hair, decided no men would be allowed to live in their circular village of mud-and-dung huts.

In an act of spite, the men of her tribe started their own village across the way, often monitoring activities in Umoja and spying on their female counterparts.

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Published in: on June 28, 2007 at 1:45 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Amazing story. I haven’t seen this anywhere else. WHY NOT?

  2. it’s a year old. ;)


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