Why Inside The Brazilian All-Woman Village Desperate For Men

The houses are painted lilac, pink and orange, the trees are delicately-manicured and tied with ribbons, and the scent of fresh lavender floats in the breeze.

Everything in Noiva do Cordeiro, nestling deep in the hills of southeast Brazil, has a distinctive feminine touch.

And no wonder: the rural town, which lies 300 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, is populated – and governed – almost entirely by 600 women – 300 of whom are of working age and eligible.

Mysteriously cut off from the outside world for more than a century, they are renowned for their beauty – but also for their stubborn refusal to live in a man’s world.