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Men not allowed: Villages where women focus on themselves

Swapna Mohanty | Updated on: 16 February 2018, 12:43 IST

While a sacred island which was recently declared world heritage site by UNESCO situated in south-west Japan, Okinoshima, bans women and allows up to 200 men a year to step in the island where Shinto priest offer prayers to the island’s goddess. There are a few islands and places in the world that are inhabited by women. Recent inclusion in this list of only women island is 'SuperSheIsland'.

A sacred island
A sacred island

Other all women islands

Located in a remote valley, a small town named ' Noiva do Cordeiro' nestling in the hills of southeast Brazil, 300 miles north of Rio de Janeiro is a home to 600 women aging between (20 years-35 years).

Dating back to 1891, this place has single women, divorced women, and women who are ready to marry but they would allow men to live there only if they abide by their rules.

Even if some of them are married but they make it a point that their husband is forced to work away from home and allowed only on weekends. Even sons are sent away after they turn 18, and no other men are allowed in the town.

Back in 1890 when a young woman was excommunicated from the society, she started living in this town and many other single women followed the same and joined the community.

Woman of the house

All-female matriarch island, Kinhu
Kihnu Girls

A small island named 'Kihnu' in the Baltic Sea and a part of the Parnu Country in Estonia is the place where women have absolute power. Because the men mostly stay out onshore, it's the women at home who manages everything in their absence.

With a population of 604 people living here mostly women govern this area as from ancient time, men have been staying away from home fishing.

On November 2003, UNESCO proclaimed the island as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. From traditions, games, music, dances, handicrafts, and clothes everything needs to be preserved.


All-female matriarch village, Umoja

An all-female matriarch village, Samburu County about 380 km from Nairobi this village was founded in the year 1990 by a group of 15 women who were raped by then local British soldiers.

With an initial plan of creating a space for the rape survivors, they expanded and included women who
escaped child marriage, FGM (female genital mutilation), domestic violence and rape.

Currently, 47 women and 200 children reside here. Woman and girls earn from safari tourists stay.
What is best about these women is that more experienced residents train and educate women and girls from surrounding Samburu villages.

First published: 16 February 2018, 12:43 IST