Umoja Village, Samburu County, Kenya – Rosalina Learpoora has always been surrounded by women.
At the age of 18, he lives in a northeastern little village in Kenya, where he takes part in afternoon homework, wood collecting or color jewelery.
Learpoora has been called Umoja since 3 years. There, 48 female groups live with their children in gaps that protect their txapela, to escape the enemies. When a man destroys it, he informs the local police, Takedown or carelessness arrested or – depending on the number of offenses.
Since then, it has become a refuge for the elimination of marriages for women, women's genital mutilation, rape and other forms of aggression. Although some women were killed, they found consolation and homework.
He went to town for 3 years
Learpoora never reached his father; He was told at the age of 3. Rumor forced her long family to endure the female genital mutilation, mother squeezed her back and Umoja escaped for 15 years.
Umoja women are Samburu culture, a whole patriarchal society that practices female genital mutilation and believes in polygamy.
Umoja women are from generation to generation, the oldest between 98 years and six months old. Women of all ages escaped, some newborn babies
Since 18-year-old boys live with their daughters, they have to go to town, according to Learpoora.
In the village, traditionally, Samburu huts are known as the scenery. The sounds of chicken and children are filled with air.
Like other women in the country, Learpoora lives with her mother in wood, horns and cows. Inside, the only light is the hot fire of three large rocks.
In the afternoon, the small and modular structure is lively, with boys and girls sitting in the fireplace, to talk about their days with beans and corn flakes in large bowls.
"I grew up surrounded by many women," says Learpoora. "It's like having a different mother around you".
Dance and Beading
Outside the cabin, women put mats on their children to play. Sometimes, they sing and dance traditional Sambur songs, vibrant decorations, and so on. In other cases, Sambur's women wear rounded necklaces for women, to make money together.
"When they sell necklaces, they give money to the town matrix, and then allocates the amount of family food to the number of children in each family," says Learpoora. "Some of these money will also be abandoned towards education, especially for young girls."
In addition to selling jewelery, women earn income to tourists for the Samburu National Reserve safari. Likewise, they receive unwanted donations around the world that have been read by the public.
The girl wants to be the power of choice
In a culture that does not believe in women's education, Learpoora is a role model of the people. She is in the 11th position of a high school and has a hope to become a teacher.
"I did not come here, I do not know what my life is," he says. "Probably, I had to undergo the female genital mutilation and married the second or third wife to the old man. These women raised me, I had an education and all these traditions defied."
Under Samburu culture, young women are forced to marry their second or third wives for a dowry payable to their parents.
While some time is changing and some of these practices are slowly dying, Samburu continues to be one of the most patriarchal and traditional culture in Kenya, as the country is experiencing more anomalies.
When Learpoora says, she grows up, she wants to be a teacher and she helps women fight against thinking.
"I want to educate girls about the importance of education. You do not have to endure FGM. Tradition does not mean that it is the way," he says.
Learpoora is a mixed-school high school student who learns how to interact with young men. He wants to get married in the future, he says.
"But her future husband will meet a lot of mothers and the promise will not be too much," said Jane Lengope, a 45-year-old woman from Umoja. Learpoor's mother was to visit her relatives and was not available.
The village is not always known
While the people have strengthened some community women, it also has critics. Some residents of neighboring communities describe women as radicals and capitalisms.
Lawas Lemoro, 25, says that women do not think they live in the same sex society. "In the middle of the night they hurts to respond to men or bring them to town," he says. "This is either a story or a way of making money."
Learpoora and women do not know when they asked the town. Men who are trying to come home are husbands looking for their wives, he says, and they immediately stop.
What happens to women?
Faith Mwangi-Powell, the global director of The Girl Generation Nairobin, tries to proclaim her as a woman, her approach does not take litigation in a wider community.
"I think women are very brave and we need more courageous women, and the FGM will have only one way, so the Umoja people should be congratulated," he says. "However, in order to reduce this change to the entire community, girls that grow in the country will continue to be safe in the village."
Mwangi-Powell has made a complete change, but the town only gives a temporary relief.
"What happens when they return to the community? These girls prepare themselves in the outer world? Girls from FGM have been rescued since childhood and are married [in] For communities that practice FGM, they need to undergo FGM and resist rescue and protection, "he says.
"Instead of changing everyone holistically as a community through social change, everyone is safe wherever they are."