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
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.