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Corruption disproportionately impacts women

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) wishes to underscore the fact that widespread corruption continues to have a disproportionate impact on women in Sri Lanka. TISL believes that this situation is exacerbated by issues ranging from the limited access to political participation of women to lapses in enforcing the law in cases such as sexual bribery.

A 2014 study conducted by TISL on Women’s Experience of Corruption in Public Services, found that female heads of households were more vulnerable to corruption than male heads of households. Subsequent studies conducted on the subject have confirmed that this trend has not been arrested.

Speaking on the matter, TISL’s Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere noted, “Whilst major steps have been taken in addressing inequalities between men and women, including the introduction of a quota for women representatives in local government and the adoption of progressive measures under the 2nd Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, lapses in implementation remain a fundamental problem”.

In 2010, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, highlighted that a government’s failure to be accountable to women citizens can give rise to corruption that impacts women’s access to resources and public services. This alarmingly can deepen vulnerability to crimes such as sexual extortion.

Obeyesekere added that “a true democracy demands equal participation and representation by women. Transparency International Sri Lanka calls on both the public and the state to prioritise the fight against corruption to ensure a more equitable and inclusive nation”. 


 

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