Women Against Corruption

Women Against Corruption

March 8 is International Women’s Day. All this week, we’re celebrating the bravery and innovation of female corruption fighters worldwide – whether it’s those working in our chapters around the world, or those whose commitment and tenacity inspire us to make the world a better place.

Who inspires me? The millions of women fighting corruption worldwide. Today we’re celebrating their courage and dignity. Tomorrow – and every day – we stand alongside them.”

– Transparency International Chair Huguette Labelle

5 women who inspire you

In the run up to 8 March, we asked YOU to share the names of women who have motivated you to stand up for justice and demand accountability. From hard-hitting magistrates to celebrities and indefatigable rights campaigners, these are some of the inspiring women you told us about on social media: Eva Joly, Oprah Winfrey, Rebecca Lolosoli, Yoani Sanchez and the sisters, mothers, aunts and daughters in your lives. Read more here.

Women vs. corruption – interviews with our corruption fighters worldwide

At a time when 85 per cent of women say they’re ready to fight corruption, it’s not surprising that female corruption fighters are at the heart of change and innovation in our movement.

We spoke to some of the many women working in our chapters around the world – finding out more about what they’re doing, how they’re doing it, and which women inspire them to continue in their fight.

Maryam Mughal – Transparency International Pakistan

“Training women to engage with a government employee, such as the teacher of the area, allowed them to exercise their right as a concerned citizen, making it irrelevant whether they were a man or a woman.”

Maryam Mughal has helped hundreds of citizens in Pakistan speak out against corruption, many of them women. She tells us how women are hit harder by corruption – even when it comes to disaster relief – and how something as simple as a chair can give them back their voice.

Read more here.

 

Simona Habič – Transparency International Slovenia

“Women need to be louder in the anti-corruption sphere, and more valued for the contribution they make.”

Five and a half years after she helped set up Transparency International Slovenia, Simona Habič tells us about successfully putting the anti-corruption agenda on the map in her country and how a new breed of young women leaders are changing the game in politics.

Read more here.

 

 

Nyaradzo Mutonhori – Transparency International Zimbabwe

“Women must be empowered to know their rights so they can hold leaders accountable. And they must be told their input is important.”

Being a woman is a help and a hindrance when it comes to fighting corruption, says Nyaradzo Mutonhori. Sharing her experiences of empowering Zimbabwean women to speak out on sexual extortion, she tells us what needs to happen to ensure other women can fight corruption.  

Read more here.

 

Viola Atallah – AMAN Coalition

“Legislation must be put in place to enable women to aspire to important positions of power, to break the silences around sexual harassment, and to know their rights.”

Social change starts from the ground up, says Viola Atallah from Palestinian chapter AMAN Coalition – and women are essential to that process. She tells us about nepotism, breaking the corruption taboo, and helping women speak out on sexual harassment in the workplace.

Read more here.

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What people think: corruption in the Middle East & North Africa

Momentum has been building against corruption for years in the Middle East and North Africa. From Lebanon and Sudan, where millions of people took to the streets earlier this year to speak out against their governments, to the Arab revolutions that toppled corrupt leaders nearly a decade ago, people are fed up with rampant corruption across the region.

Wasta: How personal connections are denying citizens opportunities and basic services

In many Arab countries the use of personal connections, or “wasta” in Arabic, is a common practice and a social norm. People use their family or social contacts to skip the line and gain quicker and better access to basic goods and services. How much you can increase the speed and quality of your service often depends on who you know – the higher the better, of course.

Sextortion: Middle East and North Africa

Sextortion is one of the most significant forms of gendered corruption and although women’s rights have advanced unevenly across the Middle East and North Africa, positive momentum has been building in the region over the last decade.

Lack of political integrity is undermining trust in democracy in Middle East and North Africa

The Global Corruption Barometer – Middle East and North Africa 2019 reveals that leaders in the region are perceived as acting in their own self-interest at the expense of the citizens they are meant to serve. This has serious consequences for trust in democratic institutions.

آراء المواطنين:  الفساد في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا

لقد تزايد زخم التنديد بالفساد خلال السنوات الماضية في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا. وضاق الناس ذرعا بالفساد المستشري في مختلف أنحاء المنطقة، من لبنان والسودان، حيث خرج ملايين الناس إلى الشوارع في مطلع هذا العام للتنديد بصوت عال بممارسات حكوماتهم، إلى الثورات العربية التي أطاحت بالزعماء الفاسدين منذ زهاء عشر سنوات.

الرشوة الجنسية: منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا

على الرغم من تفاوت التقدم المُحرز على مستوى حقوق المرأة في مختلف أنحاء الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا، شهدت المنطقة زخما إيجابيا تنامى تدريجيا خلال العقد الماضي. إذ أصبح عدد أكبر من النساء يُعبّرن عن أنفسهن داعيات إلى تعزيز تمثيل المرأة في الحكومة وتجريم العنف المنزلي وتحقيق المساواة في الحقوق للنساء والفتيات، إلى جانب عدد من المسائل الأخرى التي تهم المرأة. وتُناضل النساء في مختلف دول المنطقة من أجل إعلاء كلمتهن.

حرمان المواطنين من مختلف الفرص والخدمات الأساسية  بسبب استغلال آخرين لعلاقاتهم الشخصية

يُعتبر استغلال العلاقات الشخصية في البلدان العربية، أو ما يُعبّر عنه بالواسطة، مُمارسة منتشرة ومُتعارف عليها اجتماعيا. إذ يستغل مختلف الأشخاص علاقاتهم الأسرية أو الاجتماعية لعدم الوقوف في الصف وللوصول على نحو أسرع وأفضل إلى المدارس أو الجامعات أو المستشفيات أو الوظائف، و"لتعجيل" الإجراءات الإدارية في المؤسسات الحكومية مثل تجديد وثائق الهوية أو شهادات الميلاد. وتعتمد عادة سرعة حصولك على الخدمة وجودتها على الشخص الذي تعرفه؛ فبطبيعة الحال، كلما كان في منصب أعلى كان ذلك أفضل لك.

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