Lawd I need this in my life on this day. 👋
Umoja is a self sustaining village in Africa where no men are allowed. It was started by Rebecca Lolosoli in 1990, after she herself was hospitalized due to a brutal attack from other men in her village. They attacked Rebecca cause she was speaking up against the rape of Kenyan women by British soldiers. Her husband did nothing to defend her during or after the attack.
So she left him, and along with other women who were survivors of violent abuse, started Umoja.
The women sustain themselves through the making and selling of jewelry to tourist who visit the village. They work as a community, to build adn repair each other’s homes and protect one another from men looking to attack and steal the money they’ve earned.
Samburu (Northern Kenyan) women are literal property to the Samburu men. They can be killed by they’re married to and suffer no consequence. It’s why spaces like this are so necessary.
Watch the full story of Umoja and surrounding all-women villages its inspired below.