A group of men in a small village in southern Turkey held a protest to call upon women to accept their marriage proposals (video below).
The group of men marched through Uzumlu urging women to accept village life, according to Daily Mail.
The remote village of Uzumlu has a population of a little more than 200 people. Women have shown a greater interest in moving away to big cities, resulting in no marriage ceremonies in the village for nine years.
The march consisted of single men aged 25 to 45, but even some of their mothers and grandmothers joined the march to express their disapproval at the young women’s desire to move away.
One of the men’s banners promised to impregnate their future wives with five children.
According to Al-Arabiya, this was a reference to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has encouraged families to have children. Erdogan said previously that a woman’s duty is “above all else a mother,” Daily Mail reported.
Uzumlu’s mayor, Mustafa Bashbilan, told Al-Arabiya that out of a population of 233, there were 25 single men.
He added that while the village does not face financial difficulties, the men’s failure to marry was a huge problem.
When the last wedding was held nine years ago, Uzumlu’s population was 400.
In other parts of Turkey, marriage seems to be less of a problem.
Turkey is currently home to nearly 3 million Syrian refugees, who have fled the civil war in neighboring Syria. According to new figures reported by Anadolu News Agency, the number of marriages between Turkish and Syrian citizens rose to 3,600 last year.
“It is sensible that Syrian women marry Turkish men, because it provides her and her family protective ties,” Medaim Yanık, a psychiatrist based in Istanbul, told Anadolu.
On the other hand, there are concerns that the growing popularity of having more than one wife, particularly in the southeast of the country, could undermine Turkey’s civil marriage laws, which prohibit having multiple wives.