A place where women rule: all-female village in Kenya is a sign of burgeoning feminism across Africa

by Emily Wax

Photo: AP.  Child sits in the rubble of his destroyed home. The Zimbabwean government bulldozed thousands of ‘illegal’ homes and small businesses affecting approximately  700,000, according to the UN, which in its report on the situation says “he scale of suffering is immense, particularly among widows, single mothers, children, orphans, the elderly and disabled persons.”

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.