This is such an amazing article about an amazing project/community in Ehtiopia, where I lived in 1972-74 under very different circumstances. Thank you so much, Bernadette, for sharing this story.

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The Commune in Ethiopia Where Feminism is the Law
How a village in Ethiopia has come to serve as a model for the rights of women, children and the elderly.

By Zac Crellin SEPTEMBER 14, 2016


The village center of Awra Amba. (All Photos: Zac Crellin)

Tucked away between the rugged gorges and valleys of the Ethiopian highlands is an egalitarian commune that defies the norms of traditional society. Awra Amba, founded in the utopian mold 44 years ago, has managed to thrive where so many other attempts have failed.

Awra Amba could be described as communist, puritanical, pantheistic, feminist, or even cult-like, but its 450 residents are wary of such descriptors. They believe their philosophy, as dictated by the community’s soft-spoken founder Zumra Nuru, is too easily distorted by cultural and linguistic differences to be labeled accurately…

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

2 thoughts on “FEMINIST FRIDAY

  1. Peggy Bilbro

    Thank you for sharing Bernadette’s article. Who knew such a place existed! If only we could return to those ideals here. In the midst of this election year this story gives me hope.


    1. lifelessons Post author

      And especially remarkable that it is happening in Ethiopia, where these principles go against the grain. Ironic that the communist regime broke it up when it is following the true principles of communism or socialism so closely and sincerely.



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