TikTokers are this week learning about the incredible Umoja village in Kenya, a community that has broken barriers with it's "women only" formation.
Here's the full story...
Now, TikTok has opened our world to a whole host of weird and wonderful things.
via: ShutterstockThe video-sharing social networking app, which was first launched in 2016, has boomed in popularity throughout the last year.
As of the new year, there are over a billion TikTok users scattered across the globe...
via: ShutterstockWith over 200 million here in the United States alone.
The app is best known for creating, sharing, and discovering short music videos...
via: ShutterstockMost of which are of a comical nature.
But do any of these videos serve an educational value?
via: ShutterstockWell, the short answer is no. Most TikToks are there purely for the likes, with users tending to throw their energy and time into the viral dance and song trends.
But that doesn't mean that all TikTok videos are destined for this path.
via: ShutterstockThere are many videos on the app that serve an educational purpose, and ultimately aim to open our eyes to aspects of the world we perhaps wouldn't have known about before...
Such as the Umoja village in Kenya.
via: GettyAs stated earlier, the app has recently introduced this remarkable community to millions of users.
User, Melo Moon, took it upon himself to educate the TikTok community on the Umoja village...
via: TikTokAnd to shine a light on the incredible impact it has had upon the women of Kenya.
And, it's needless to say...
Ladies, what’s stopping us from creating our own “woman only society” like the umoja village in Kenya?— Melaninated 🌻 (@Melaninated 🌻)1594640428.0
I'd love to relocate to Umoja village. 😭— 🇿🇲🍃BUTTERCUP🍃 🇿🇲 (@🇿🇲🍃BUTTERCUP🍃 🇿🇲)1602197066.0
Umoja village in Kenya is only occupied by women, their children and livestock. No man is allowed to live in the vi… https://t.co/rb4ZQrav7b— HAKUNA MATATA🦁 NG🇳🇬 (@HAKUNA MATATA🦁 NG🇳🇬)1589238173.0
Impressive! The women who live in Umoja Village, Samburu County are victims of domestic & emotional abuse. It's a h… https://t.co/gMa9eZ0B97— Wangechi Wachira (@Wangechi Wachira)1609910989.0
the umoja village looks so cool--— 𝕄𝕠𝕣𝕡𝕙𝕠 𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕖𝕝𝕒𝕦𝕤 🦋🌿 (@𝕄𝕠𝕣𝕡𝕙𝕠 𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕖𝕝𝕒𝕦𝕤 🦋🌿)1607645443.0
The village was founded in 1990 by Rebecca Lolosoli...
via: GettyWho, along with around fifteen other women, were fleeing domestic violence and rape - all of which are cultural norms among the Samburu.
Rebecca was in the hospital recovering from a beating by a group of men when she came up with the idea of a women-only community.
via: GettyHer beating was a result of her speaking to the other women in her village about their rights.
And since then, the village has gone from strength to strength.
via: GettyIn 2015, there were forty-seven women and 200 children living in Umoja, The Guardian reported.
To this very day, women and children continue to seek refuge within the community...
via: GettyAnd the population has now expanded to include any women escaping not only rape and domestic violence, but child marriage and FGM (female genital mutilation) too.
This has become the village's sole purpose.
via: GettyThe community tirelessly trains and educates women and girls from surrounding Samburu villages on issues such as early marriage and FGM.
Milka, the head of the academy school built on the land owned by the Umoja women, said:
via: Getty“If a girl is married at an early age, that girl will not be a competent parent. Giving birth they face a lot of challenges: they rupture, they bleed, because they are young. Even performing their duties, their chores, it is hard for them. They are thrown into taking care of animals."
Those who live there apparently live very frugally...
via: GettyAnd make their money by running a campsite where groups of safari tourists stay, as well as charging a small fee for entry into Umoja. They also continue to make and sell jewelry.