Unwed Mothers in Morocco: Between Social Damnation and (Possible) Legal Redemption

Jamila Bargach, Academic Director, Foundation SiHmad Derhem for the Development of the South and the Sahara, and Campbell Resident Scholar

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm

Jamila BargachJamila BargachUnwed Mothers in Morocco: Between Social Damnation and (Possible) Legal RedemptionJamila BargachUnwed Mothers in Morocco: Between Social Damnation and (Possible) Legal Redemption

Having a child out of wedlock is traumatic for unwed women in Morocco. Highly stigmatized, such women often leave their families. Activists view unwed mothers and their children as emblems of social injustice, while detractors see them as the incarnation of a society that has lost its values. Analysis of these discourses reveals the beliefs that hinder the development of a more just society.

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