How can ALACs engage more women in the fight against corruption?
Topic: Gender and Corruption University Involved: Columbia University (SIPA) Year: 2014 Transparency International Chapter: TI-Niger and TI-Zimbabwe
Transparency International’s Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALACs) provide free and confidential legal advice to witnesses and victims of corruption. Offering a simple, credible, and viable mechanism for people to pursue their corruption-related complaints, ALACs empower individuals in the fight against corruption. ALACs also play a critical role in identifying corruption hotspots that demand reform or official action. Harnessing the powerful, real-life data gathered by ALACs on the consequences and mechanisms of corruption, Transparency International’s national chapters engage in strategic advocacy to bring about systemic change in public policy and practice. The first ALAC was opened in 2003 and the network has grown exponentially ever since, with 90 ALACS now in operation, reaching out to 140,000 people in 60 countries.
However, a closer look at the data that the ALACs have gathered during the last decade shows that there is a significant inequality between the number of female and male complainants: women in many parts of the world are less likely to report an incident of corruption than men.
Objective and relevant questions
The aim of this project is to gather evidence in order to answer three main questions:
- How do women define the risk and impact of corruption in their daily lives?
- What barriers do they face in reporting incidents of corruption in different regional contexts?
- How can ALACs
(1) gain an insight into how women experience corruption, and
(2) engage more women in the fight against corruption – stock-tacking of successful approaches applied by other organizations