Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Gestational Surrogacy: Collaboration and Tensions between the Italian Feminist Movement and the LGBT Movement

By Francesca Ammaturo (ARC-GS Visiting Scholar)

23Mar2018 11:45 - 13:00


Are reproductive rights the new frontier of conflict between the LGBT and the feminist movement?

In this lecture Francesca Ammaturo will discuss the existence of and reasons for a pattern of cross-mobilisation between Italian feminist and LGBTQ movements in relation to the controversial issue of gestational surrogacy. Gestational surrogacy usually involves a woman who offers to carry out a pregnancy (either on a voluntary basis or through monetary compensation) on behalf of couples (be them heterosexual or homosexual) who are sterile or cannot have children. In Italy gestational surrogacy has acquired prominence in the political debate following the approval of the law on same-sex unions in 2016. In this context a manifesto by fifty lesbian women against this practice was published. That initiative created fractures between and within the feminist and LGBTQ movements. In this talk Ammaturo considers the motivations behind those rifts and maps the different proposed solutions to the regulation of gestational surrogacy in Italy.

Registration is Required

Attendance is free of charge, and lunch will be provided by ARC-GS. In order to register, please send a mail (including any dietary requirements) to by Thursday, March 15. You will be sent the location of the lecture upon registering.


Published by  ARCGS