The Week in Women: Yazidi warriors, tattoo parlors, and glitter-happy sorority sisters

It may sound like the stuff of playground squabbles, but sometimes “no boys allowed” really is the best policy. Over the past week, women around the globe came together for exclusively-female ventures, and—with the exception of an unfortunate sorority recruitment video—the results were pretty awesome. Let’s take a look back.

Only women are allowed to settle in Umoja, a village in northern Kenya. According to the Guardian, the community was founded 25 years ago by Rebecca Lolosoli, who came up with the idea after she was beaten for speaking up about women’s rights. Umoja is now home to 47 women and 200 children, many of whom escaped child marriage, female genital mutilation, and domestic abuse. The inhabitants of Umoja travel to surrounding villages, teaching women and girls about the harms of patriarchal culture. 

A new tattoo parlor in São Paulo, Brazil, exclusively employs female artists. Proprietor Samantha Sam wanted to create a space that would nurture young, women tattooists, and business has been so successful that she is already looking to expand. We can’t help but wonder if lady artists are more likely to stop customers from making unfortunate tattoo choices after a wild night on the town.

A popular Yazidi folk singer has formed an all-female fighting brigade in Iraq to battle ISIS militants. Xate Shingali, 30, is the woman reportedly behind the so-called “Sun Girls” brigade, which consists of 123 fighters. ISIS has captured some 5,000 Yazidi women, and forced many of them into a brutal network of sexual slavery. “They rape us. We kill them,” Shingali told The Daily Mail. Go get ‘em, Sun Girls. Go get ‘em.

A video promoting the University of Alabama’s Alpha Phi sorority is an all-girls venture gone terribly, horribly wrong. The clip features a sea of tall, thin, and uniformly blonde women engaging in standard student activities, like frolicking in bikinis and blowing kisses at each other. The video has been widely criticized for its lack of racial diversity, and a UA representative was quick to point out that it is in no way “reflective of UA’s expectations for student organizations to be responsible digital citizens.” The amount of glitter deployed in the video is also unforgivable.

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