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Feminization and Stigmatization of Infertility in Malawi

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Boetumelo Julianne Nyasulu

Acknowledgements

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1First, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my thesis supervisor, Professor Aditya Bharadwaj, for his wisdom, insightful critiques and motivation through each step of the way. Even before I began writing, he spoke of my thesis as a success and his support for my vision encouraged me. He constantly ensured that I check my privilege in my writing, and guided me with a non-Eurocentric, decolonial, and intersectional approach, for which I am most thankful.

2Special thanks to my interpreters Tiyamike and Mrs. C – you have moved in rhythm with me and shared the journey with my interlocutors and myself daily for two months. Without you, I could not have built a safe space for these stories to be shared. I am grateful to Edward – my informer – as well as the religious leaders, health workers and community members who gave me the opportunity to speak with them and discuss otherwise ‘taboo’ issues – I hope the conversations will continue. Overall, I am deeply indebted to Somebody Cares Ministries; you were my liaison for these conversations, statistics, insights, translations, and more things than I can mention.

3A huge thank you to my mother – my forever cheerleader. You helped me debrief and discuss more times than I can count. My friends and family members for listening to the 10,000 times I mentioned or explained my thesis and why these women’s voices are relevant – thank you.

4To the women who spoke to me and allowed me to hear your stories, see your pain and celebrate your victories – zikomo kwambiri. Your strength, courage and honesty are inspiring. I pray for you always.

5Glory to God for the strength and grace to accomplish this.

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