|wlotus posted this in the womenofstrength community, and it's perfect for here:
||[Jul. 10th, 2005|12:28 pm]
a place where women rule|
a place where women rule
all-female village in kenya is a sign of burgeoning feminism across africa
by emily wax, washington post
july 9, 2005
umoja, kenya—seated cross-legged on tan sisal mats in the shade, rebecca lolosoli, matriarch of a village for women only, took the hand of a frightened 13-year-old girl. the child was expected to wed a man nearly three times her age, and lolosoli told her she didn't have to.
the man was lolosoli's brother, but that didn't matter. this is a patch of africa where women rule.
"you are a small girl. he is an old man," said lolosoli, who gives haven to young girls running from forced marriages. "women don't have to put up with this nonsense anymore."
ten years ago, a group of women established the village of umoja, which means unity in swahili, on an unwanted field of dry grasslands. the women said they had been raped and, as a result, abandoned by their husbands, who claimed they had shamed their community.
stung by the treatment, lolosoli, a charismatic and self-assured woman with a crown of puffy dark hair, decided no men would be allowed to live in their circular village of mud-and-dung huts.
Read the rest at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/08/AR2005070801775.html?nav=rss_world/africa