- Jul 21, 2005Hello Goldy
I have same question could you help me some . they has
workship talk about social
issue and i didn't know more about this word "
can you explain to me plesae i hope you are understood
more than me ,
I hope you are improve too much with your business and
happiness with your family
Please send my regards to your family and all of your
Warm regards ,Phearith
--- Goldy George <dalitstudycircle@...> wrote:
> Dear Sharon,=== message truncated ===
> Thanks for putting this news. However I would
> request you to trac if there is any possibility get
> across this bold women rule. However it is not clear
> from the article that these women are white. Search
> for their contact points.
> hk> wrote:
> A Place Where Women Rule
> By Emily Wax
> The Washington Post
> Saturday 09 July 2005
> All-female village in Kenya is a sign of burgeoning
> feminism across Africa.
> 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
> 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.
> In an act of spite, the men of her tribe started
> their own village across the way, often monitoring
> activities in Umoja and spying on their female
> What started as a group of homeless women
> looking for a place of their own became a successful
> and happy village. About three dozen women live here
> and run a cultural center and camping site for
> tourists visiting the adjacent Samburu National
> Reserve. Umoja has flourished, eventually attracting
> so many women seeking help that they even hired men
> to haul firewood, traditionally women's work.
> The men in the rival village also attempted to
> build a tourist and cultural center, but were not
> very successful.
> But the women felt empowered with the revenue
> from the camping site and their cultural center,
> where they sell crafts. They were able to send their
> children to school for the first time, eat well and
> reject male demands for their daughters'
> circumcision and marriage.
> They became so respected that troubled women,
> some beaten, some trying to get divorced, started
> showing up in this little village in northern Kenya.
> Lolosoli was even invited by the United Nations to
> attend a recent world conference on gender
> empowerment in New York.
> "That's when the very ugly jealous behaviors
> started," Lolosoli said, adding that her life was
> threatened by local men right before her trip to New
> York. "They just said, frankly, that they wanted to
> kill me," Lolosoli said, laughing because she
> thought the idea sounded overly dramatic.
> Sebastian Lesinik, the chief of the male
> village, also laughed, describing the clear division
> he saw between men and women. "The man is the head,"
> he said. "The lady is the neck. A man cannot take,
> let's call it advice, from his neck."
> "She's questioning our very culture," Lesinik
> said in an interview at a bar on a sweltering
> afternoon. "This seems to be the thing in these
> modern times. Troublemaking ladies like Rebecca."
> In a mix of African women's gumption and the
> trickling in of influences from the outside world, a
> version of feminism has grown progressively
> alongside extreme levels of sexual violence, the
> battle against HIV-AIDS, and the aftermath of
> African wars, all of which have changed the role of
> women in surprising ways.
> A package of new laws has been presented to
> Kenya's parliament to give women unprecedented
> rights to refuse marriage proposals, fight sexual
> harassment in the workplace, reject genital
> mutilation and to prosecute rape, an act so frequent
> that Kenyan leaders call it the nation's biggest
> human rights issue. The most severe penalty, known
> as the "chemical castration bill," would castrate
> repeatedly convicted rapists and send them to prison
> for life.
> In neighboring Uganda, thousands of women are
> rallying this month for the Domestic Relations Bill,
> which would give them specific legal rights if their
> husbands take a second wife, in part because of fear
> of HIV infection.
> Eleven years after the genocide in Rwanda, in
> which an estimated 800,000 people were killed, women
> in the country hold 49 percent of the seats in the
> lower house of parliament. Many of them are war
> widows who have said they felt compelled to rise up
> in protest after male leaders presided over the 1994
> slaughter of Tutsi tribal members by the Hutu
> Across the continent in West Africa, Nigerian
> women are lobbying strongly for the nomination of
> more women politicians, including a president in
> 2007, saying that men have failed to run the country
> Focusing on the meeting of Group of Eight
> leaders in Scotland this week, female activists said
> they hoped international aid intended for Africa
> would include funding for women who are seeking
> rights in their court systems and more
> representation in their statehouses.
> "We are at the start of something important for
> African women," said Margaret Auma Odhiambo, a
> leader of western Kenya's largest group for widows.
> The members are women whose husbands have died of
> AIDS complications.
> Lolosoli's effort to speak out for change in her
> patch of the continent shows the difficulties of
> changing the rhythm and power structure of village
> life. Before Lolosoli even went to the U.N.
> conference, she was going house to house in the
> nearby town of Archer's Post, telling women they had
> rights, such as to refuse to have sex with their
> husbands if they were being beaten or ill-treated.
> "A woman is nothing in our community," she said,
> referring to the members of her tribe, including the
> men in the village across the road.
> "You aren't able to answer men or speak in front
> of them whether you are right or wrong," she said.
> "That has to change. Women have to demand rights,
> and then respect will come. But if you remain
> silent, no one thinks you have anything to say. Then
> again, I was not popular for what I was saying."
> At the U.N. conference in New York, Lolosoli
> said, she and other women from around the world
> bonded as they watched an episode of "Oprah" that
> focused on women, verbal abuse and cheating
> "You just cry and cry," sighed Lolosoli, who
> said many men in her tribe still take several wives.
> "Then again, I was really inspired to know that a
> lot of women face challenges of this nature and make
> When she came back to Kenya, armed with ideas
> and empowerment training workbooks, she stood her
> ground even when some of the men filed a court case
> against her, seeking to shut down the village.
> "I would just ignore the men when they threw
> stones at me and ask, 'Are you okay? Are your
> children okay? Are your cows okay?' " she said. Her
> tactic and calm reaction was disarming, she
> recalled. "After everything, they weren't going to
> stop us."
> Lolosoli is still battling her brother over his
> attempt to marry the 13-year-old.
> But lately, the residents of the men's village
> have been admitting defeat. They are no longer
> trying to attract tourists. Some have moved
> elsewhere. Others have had trouble getting married
> because some women in the area are taking Lolosoli's
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