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Women thrive in Kenyan village where men are forbidden

By WITW Staff on August 17, 2015

In a touching report for The Guardian, Julie Bindel visits Umoja, a village in northern Kenya where only women are allowed to live. The single-sex community was founded 25 years ago by Rebecca Lolosoli, the village’s matriarch who came up with the idea when recovering from a beating for daring to speak out about women’s rights in her village. The village originally started with 15 Samburu women who had been raped by British soldiers, but now also includes any women escaping child marriage, FGM (female genital mutilation) or domestic violence and rape. There are now 47 women and 200 children living in the village, where they live off a small entrance fee they charge their visitors and the hand-made jewelry they sell in the craft center. Women in the community educate other women and girls from surrounding villages on issues as FGM and early marriage, which loom large in the patriarchal Samburu culture.

Read the full story at The Guardian.