Nadja Wohlleben

Photographer
     
Location: Berlin, Germany
Nationality: German
Biography: NADJA WOHLLEBEN   is an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Berlin, Germany. In her work, she focusses on stories of resilience in the feminine human landscape. Nadja is specifically interested in stories about... MORE
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Aug 2, 2018

This week, I’m sharing my series ‘Shohso Jikinge - Grandmothers fight off rapists in Nairobi’s slums’ on Open Society Foundations Instagram feed. Follow along!

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 options, elderly women have begun to fight off these rapists using self-defense techniques. Organized by the international NGO No Means No Worldwide, in collaboration with Ujamaa Africa, a local NGO, groups known as the Shosho Jikinge (“grandmother defend yourself”) have been formed. There, the members, aged between 55-106 years, learn how to identify potential attackers, use their voices, trick their way out of dangerous situations, and fight back.

#opensociety #kenya #korogocho #kibera #shoshojikinge #femaleempowerment#nomeansno #nomeansnoworldwide #womenfightback #womenempoweringwomen #violenceagainstwomen #empowermentselfdefense #endgbv #nadjawohlleben

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