Yes, you indeed read it right! This village in Kenya is a no man’s land. Women are the only people allowed to live in this village.
Umoja which means unity in Swahili, was founded in 1990. It is an all-female matriarch village located near the town of Archers Post in Samburu County, 380 km (240 mi) from the capital, Nairobi.
It was founded by, a Samburu woman, as a sanctuary for homeless survivors of violence against women, and young girls running from forced marriages. The women of the Samburu people do not agree with violence and the traditional subordinate position of women.
This village is an inspiration. It opens our eyes against the lengths a woman has to go to, to protect herself in this god forsaken world of ours.
For everything which happens, there is a reason.
The Land Of Wronged Women
Samburu culture is patriarchal and women have to face the horrors of child marriage, female genital mutilation, domestic violence and rape on an everyday basis. Umoja was founded because of this.
The Matriarch-Founder Rebecca Lolosoli
Rebecca Lolosoli is the matriarch of the Umoja Women’s Village and an advocate for women’s rights. She along with several other women, who were all survivors of violence by men, established the village in 1990.
The All Concuring Smile Despite The Henious Crimes Against Her Being
Women who hear of the village go there to settle down and learn how to trade, raise their children and live without fear of male violence and discrimination.
The Arrival Of A New Woman Is Greeted By Singing And Dancing
They love to live a normal life
The Village Children- Naive And Carefree
To sustain themselves, the women sell jewelry to tourists who visit them. For the purpose of housing tourists, the village leaders run a campsite a kilometer away from the village. With the money the women earned, they built a school for their children and those in surrounding villages and eventually purchased the land they live on.
The Exquisite Traditional Jewellery And the Pained Wethered Faces Are A Contrast.
Their art becomes their source of income.
Her Face Says It All
The expressions are indeed a testimony to the oppression they have undergone.
The Will To Servive Despite Everything.
They live, they nurture their children, they grow despite all.
Welcome Women But No Men!
These women are truly a force to be reckoned with. A big salute to them for their strength, their will, their courage.