The Village Where Men Are Banned
By Georgina Goodwin
In 1990, 15 women, allegedly raped by local British soldiers, led by Rebecca Lolosoli, formed and registered the Umoja Uaso Women's Group with the then Ministry of Culture, Heritage and Social Services. They started by selling beadwork and other goods but after facing threats from men jealous of their success, the members decided to found a women-only village and reside together, thus providing collective security and cooperation. hey continue to survive by selling their beadwork, on donations made from guests visiting their manyatta (homested) and through running a campsite nearby.