Umoja Woman’s Village
The Village Where Men Are Banned
“Every day I wake and smile to myself”. Norkorchom from Turkana moved to Umoja Ewaso Womens Village in Samburu north Kenya, an all-female village founded in 1990 as a sanctuary for homeless survivors of violence against women, and young girls running from forced marriages, a practice common in Samburu culture. 15 years later when photographer Georgina Goodwin, who was one of the first to do a story on these women, visited in 2015 there were 47 women and 200 children in Umoja and the village was thriving.
Georgina’s images also won Kenya Daily Life Photographer of the Year 2016. They have since been shown at Kawasaki Peace Museum in Tokyo,Japan as a part of an exhibition on ‘Human Rights’. I photographed the series in January 2015 #onassignment for @guardian.