These Kenyan Grandmothers Are Learning to Fight Back Against Rapists
In some of their country's slums, self-defense is the only option.
All Photographs by Nadja Wohlleben
In the Korogocho and Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya, one in four women are raped. Older women in particular have been targets in these small villages, as some young men, often under the influence of drugs and alcohol, believe a widespread superstition: that having sex with a grandmother cures HIV and washes off all sins. Recently, with few other options, elderly women have begun to fight off these rapists using self-defense techniques. Organized by No Means No Worldwide, an international NGO, in collaboration with Ujamaa Africa, a local NGO, groups known as the Shosho Jikinge ("grandmother defend yourself") have been formed. There, the members learn how to identify potential attackers, use their voice, trick their way out of dangerous situations, and, of course, fight back. Here, a 71-year-old participant practices a palm punch, as others look on.
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