Global Surrogacy and Local Practices

Posted by Kimberley Meijers on November 29, 2017 at 11:06 am

Surrogacy refers to the practice by which a woman becomes pregnant and gives birth to a baby in order to give it to a person or couple who cannot bear children. It is an assisted reproductive technology that allows heterosexual and homosexual couples and /or singles to overcome infertility and/or involuntary childlessness. Surrogacy is a highly debated and contested issue: while on the one hand its availability and use is considered as enhancing people’s reproductive agency and rights, on the other hand it is considered a practice that implies exploitation and commodification, in particular when the surrogacy is transnational and commercial, involving poor women who are ‘bioavailable’ as surrogates. In this session policies, practices and experiences from three different parts of the world (South-East Asia, Israel and the Netherlands) are presented and discussed.



Location: REC-B5.12  University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research

Date: 7th December 2017,

Time: From 15.00 to 17.00h

Registration: send a message to (please note that the number of available places is limited)

See the invitation here.



Chair: Trudie Gerrits

  1. Andrea Whittaker, Monash University (Australia) Disruptive Surrogacy in South-East Asia
  2. Elly Teman (and Zsuzsa Berend), Ruppin Academic Centre (Israel) Surrogate Non-Motherhood: Israeli and US Surrogates Speak about Kinship and Parenthood
  3. Henny Bos, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) Experiences of Dutch Gay Couples with Surrogacy
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