A Brazilian town populated only by women has made an appeal for eligible bachelors.
More than 600 women live in the town of Noiva do Cordeiro, south-east Brazil. And most of them are aged between 20 and 35 years old.
Now they have extended an invitation to potential suitors. But any men who go have to understand that this corner of the Brazilian countryside is very much a woman's world.
A picture shared on Noiva do Cordeiro's Facebook page shows two of the town's residents at a party. They have made an appeal for eligible suitors to woo some of their dozens of available young women
Some of Noiva de Cordeiro's women are already married and have families, but their husbands, and any sons over 18, are made to work away from home and only allowed to return at the weekends.
It means girl power rules in the rural community, with women in charge of every aspect of life, from farming to town planning and even religion.
The lack of eligible batchelors has now led the community's many single young ladies for make an appeal for interested men, but only those willing to adapt to living in a women's world.
Noiva do Cordeiro was born in the hills near Belo Vale, in Minas Gerais state, after founder Maria Senhorinha de Lima was branded an adulterer after leaving a man she had been forced to marry.
Shunned by the local population, she and other women who subsequently went to live with them were vilified as loose women, causing them to isolate themselves from the outside world.
In 1940, an evangelical pastor, Anisio Pereira, took one of the women, aged 16, to be his wife and founded a church in the growing community.
However, he proceeded to impose strict puritanical rules, banning them from drinking alcohol, listening to music, cutting their hair or using any type of contraceptive.
When Anisio died in 1995, the women decided never again to let a man dictate how they should live. And one of the first things they did was to dismantle the male-biased organised religion he had set up.
Source: Daily Mail