Matriarchy in Africa: Umoja, place only women suffered from male violence live

More than once, it has already been mentioned that in African countries, women’s rights have been reduced to almost zero. They are oppressed, bought, sold, raped, and their gen!tals cut off, and they endure all this without a murmur. But not all. There is a unique village in Kenya, Umoja, where there are only women and men to the entrance is strictly forbidden.

In 1990, the Kenyan Rebecca Lolosoli founded a settlement called Umoja (in Swahili – “unity”). She united 16 women victims of male violence around her and declared matriarchy. Men were forbidden even to cross the borders of the village.

Umodja is a village with a matriarchy tradition
Umodja is a village with a matriarchy tradition

To survive in arid areas, women raised chickens instead of cattle. Some of them tried to trade in cornflour and sugar but to no avail. Then the women found the only right solution: to attract tourists and start selling souvenirs made of beads and colored fabrics. After that, the village began to flourish.

African woman weaves bead souvenirs
African woman weaves bead souvenirs

Unfortunately, men from neighboring settlements did not quite like this state of affairs. Not far from Umoja, they founded their village. Their goal was to block the road to women.

One day, a group of 30 men beat up the villagers in front of the tourists. To stop this outrage, the residents of Umoja managed to buy the land where their village is located and officially close the entrance to unwanted persons. Umoja is not the only African village ruled by women.

Oppressed African women have found shelter in a village where there are no men
Oppressed African women have found shelter in a village where there are no men

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