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A Town Where Only Women Live

Have you ever wondered what would a women-only world look like? Well, there is a village in Kenya where only women live and it is one of the happiest places to live in.

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Umoja is a small village in Kenya where no men are allowed. The village was founded by Rebecca Lolosoli who was a violence survivor and she founded a safe and inspirational refuge for women fleeing from rape, sexual and domestic violence, female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other harassment.

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Umoja means “unity” in Swahili and the village is a home to more than 50 women and 200 children. Samburu culture is highly patriarchal and the women there are treated as properties. In order to save women from all this inequality, Umoja was founded.

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Here, the women support themselves by selling crafts and beading. The village is protected by a wall of thorns. It is self-sufficient and the women run their own lives. The life of the women of Umoja is simple. They own the land the village is on and despite resistance from local male-run tribal groups, the village continues to grow and prosper.

The women of Umoja run a primary school, cultural center, and camping sites for tourists visiting the adjacent Samburu National Reserve. Umajo has inspired other women-only villages in Kenya too.

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