A Village For Only Women, A Land Of No Men

Can you imagine waking up one morning and there were no men around? Only females around to keep you company. This idea may seem impossible, but it is not. There is a town in Kenya where this idea has come true. Rebecca Lolosoli and 14 other women founded, Umoja village, in Kenya as a safe haven for women. Rebecca Lolosoli was in the hospital recovering from a beating by a group of men when she came up with the idea of a women-only community. Her beating came right after she was caught telling another woman in her village about women's rights. The men in her village beat her as a warning and to teach her a lesson on what will happen to her and any other women if they speak about women's rights. 

Photo taken from Samrack

Photo taken from Samrack

Umoja’s village has a population of women who have escaped child marriage, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, and rape. These women have been emotionally and physically scarred by a patriarchal society that allows their abuse to be considered a cultural norm. As of 2015, there are currently 47 women and 200 children in the village.

China Laprodati with her baby selling her jewellery. Photograph: Georgina Goodwin for the Observer

China Laprodati with her baby selling her jewellery. Photograph: Georgina Goodwin for the Observer

Women and little girls at the village learn how to trade, raise their children and live without fear of male violence and discrimination.

The word Umoja, which means "unity" in Swahili, is what you will find among the women in this village.