In the grasslands of Samburu in northern Kenya there is a rather unique village.
Umoja, meaning unity in Swahili, is surrounded by a thorn fence, and for a good reason.
No men are allowed in the all-women village.
The village was founded in 1990 by a group of 15 women, survivors of rape by local British soldiers.
The village’s population has now expanded to include women escaping child marriage, female genital mutilation, domestic violence and rape.
Rebecca Lolosoli is the founder of Umoja and the village matriarch.
She came up with the idea of an all-women village while recovering in hospital from a beating by a group of men.
The beating was to teach her a lesson for daring to speak to women in the village about their rights.
Samburu is closely related to the Maasai tribe.
Their culture is deeply patriarchal.
The first members of Umoja were from isolated Samburu villages dotted across Rift Valley.
Since then, women and girls who hear of the refuge come here and live without fear of male violence and discrimination.
Currently there are 47 women and 200 children in the village.
Boys have to leave the village once they turn 18.
The women run a campsite for tourists and charge a modest entrance fee.
They do not lead an isolated existence.
But have managed to build themselves a safe haven where they can live a life of respect.