No Man’s Land

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On the First Day of Kwanzaa, I dreamed of us working together with a common goal to better our community.

First Principle – Umoja (Unity). It is also the name of the first matriarchal society in Kenya, East Africa.

The Samburu men discarded the women. The women created a sanctuary. The women banned the men from the newly established village.

Not only did they become self-sufficient they started a school so their future would be enlightened.

The matriarchal societies have spread but not without a fight.

Of course, old ways die-hard.

The Land of No Men: Inside Kenya’s Women-Only Village

Subscribe Now: Where the foothills of Mount Kenya merge into the desert, the people of Samburu have maintained a strict patriarchy for over 500 years in northern Kenya. That is, until 25 years ago, when Rebecca Lolosoli founded Umoja village as a safe haven for the region’s women.



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