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Promise is from Nigeria and loves being a mother. She recounts that in her country, women who do not have children are called ‘barren’ and suffer the judgments and pressure of family and society. Vuoi ascoltare e leggere altre testimonianze?…

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Samira is from Tunisia and is about to have a baby girl. She recounts that families in Tunisia are generally large and that women who do not get married or don’t have children are considered complex and judged very negatively.…

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Emanuella is from the Côte d'Ivoire. In her country, pregnancy is not a debatable choice for women. Women who do not have children are referred to as ‘infertile women’. In Côte d'Ivoire, the childless woman is always viewed with suspicion…

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Manuela has not yet made a decision about having children. She wishes that her choice could be free of constraints. In her testimony, she recounts her marriage and family experience. She also talks about her work as a social worker…

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Three women living in Berlin discuss their experiences of motherhood. Anne is a so-called 'raven-mother', after the separation from her husband she left her first two children, and today she is experiencing her third motherhood; Lena lives with her second…

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Despite feelings of guilt, Anne gave birth to a third child after leaving the first two completely in the care of her ex-husband. She is called a 'raven mother' (neglecting mother who does not care for her children) and is…

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Alexandra, a 30-year-old woman from Cuenca, strongly expresses her decision not to have children: a well thought-over and consciously taken final choice. The reasons for her position depend largely on her sense of political responsibility and the external pressures she…

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Maya, a university lecturer in Washington, reflects on the different social pressures associated with motherhood in the United States and Lebanon, her home country, where assisted fertilization is a common practice strongly encouraged, consistent with the view of motherhood as…

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