Unique Cultural Traditions
Women on Top
From Marie Claire, UK
Added June 25, 2006
These Kenyan women suffered years of rape and violence at the hands
of locals — even the British Army are allegedly culpable. Finally, the women upped ship and left town. Now, they see
men for sex, hire them for hard labour and enjoy a women-only lifestyle in a village that is a socio-economic miracle.
The sign leading to the women-only village of Umoja stands on a patch of dust in remote northern Kenya. There is little on
the horizon but empty scrub, yet the sign looks like it's in a war zone – it's been battered with stones, gouged with
spears and the words 'cultural village' have been blacked out. Margaret Ejejo, 27, rubs her hand over the pockmarked surface
and lets out a big, gap-toothed laugh. 'The local men have done this. They are jealous of our success,' she exclaims. 'We're
happy and independent, and they don't like it.'
For more information on the villiage of Umoja, click here for Madre, or here for a Washington Post article.