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Published on Jul 20, 2009
Women at Umoja Uaso are defying the norms set by surrounding villages in the area of central and northern Kenya. The Samburu tribe is composed of pastoralists, and women have historically been treated objectively and considered less significant than their male counterparts. The frequency of domestic abuse is high, and some women have bravely fled their husbands and joined the Umoja Uaso community, that acts as a safe haven and base-camp for raising awareness about human rights. Almost all of the women living at Umoja have brought their children along, and they are determined for their daughters to receive the same level of education as their sons (a revolutionary act in rural Kenya). This interview with Rose Lekamisi, a resident of Umoja, provides a personal look at daily life in the village and why coming to Umoja has changed her life. Produced by Kate Cummings, Advocacy Project Peace Fellow and Vital Voices Field Correspondent. Kenya, 2009.