The village of Noiva do Cordeiro is nestled in Belo Vale, which translates as “beautiful valley”. And it is not hard to see why. About 300 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, in south-east Brazil, the valley is dotted with groves of thick- skinned, sweet tangerines, banana plants and ipe trees covered with bright flowers. But it is not just landscape that catches the eye in Noiva do Cordeiro. It is inhabitants. Or specifically, its women. That is because the majority of the village’s residents are female and as gorgeous as the bougainvillea plants that blossom in the valley. The area of Brazil is famous for producing great beauties.
But some of the women in the town say it would be nice to have a few more dudes in the mix. More than 600 ladies aged 22 to 35 have made an appeal for eligible bachelors to visit their home Noiva do Cordeiro, in south- east Brazil. “Here the only men we single girls meet are either married or related to us, everyone is cousin” Nelma Fernandes, 23, told the Telegraph. We all dream of falling in love and getting married. But we like living here and don’t want to have the town to find a husband. We’d like to know men who would leave their own lives and come to be part of ours. But first they need to do what we say and live according to our lives.”
It appears more like these women have created a society of ‘anarchist anthropologists’ dreams and some of them would like to hang out with guys more, provided they don’t tear the town’s social fabric to shreds. The women of Noiva do Cordeiro acknowledge that they are an unusual group in rural Brazil. But things are changing fast in the country. Brazil has a female president, Dilma Rousseff, anmd the boss of Petrobras, Maria das Gracas Foster is the only female4 head of a big oil company worldwide. Grant Thornton, a consultancy, reports that women make up 27 per cent of the senior managers of Brazil’s leading companies, compared with Britain’s per cent