Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

First Advisor

Megan Sinnott

Second Advisor

Tiffany King

Third Advisor

Tiffany King

Abstract

My thesis ““You are not a Woman”: Disposable Mothers and The Clandestine Baby Factory in Nigeria”, seeks to address the exclusion and marginalization of infertile (barren) women, their experiences and voices from the ‘cult of motherhood’. The thesis is also a rallying cry for education, sensitization and action against the clandestine baby factories in Nigeria. Consequently, a screenplay is used to narrate an authentic account of this on-going assault on young unsuspecting women, bringing to light the driving force behind baby factories. In future, this screenplay will be filmed and used for advocacy to conscientize the general public (communities, government agencies, media practioners, churches, traditional rulers, and students.) on the negative implications of forced motherhood both on the women and their babies. The intention is to bring about the desired change in the demand-chain of this business.

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