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  • nhek sophearith
    Jul 21, 2005
      Hello 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 "
      Ecumenical "

      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

      take care

      Warm regards ,Phearith

      --- Goldy George <dalitstudycircle@...> wrote:

      > Dear Sharon,
      > 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.
      > Regards.
      > Goldy
      > 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
      > community.
      > 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
      > counterparts.
      > 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
      > majority.
      > 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
      > properly.
      > 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
      > husbands.
      > "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
      > it."
      > 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
      > example
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