2014 Activities

Anti-corruption role of Palestinian women discussed in an assessment paper

Anti-corruption role of Palestinian women discussed in an assessment paper










The Coalition for Accountability  and integrity (AMAN) held on Thursday, August 14th, a meeting to discuss the findings of the assessment paper on the role and experience of Palestinian women in fighting corruption.

The meeting was attended byrepresentatives of official, private and academic institutions.

It was inaugurated by AMAN’s General Commissioner for Combating Corruption, Dr.Azmi Al Shua’bi. He explained that the paper was made to gauge the leadership role of women in fighting corruption.

“The dangerous impact of corruption has gone beyond destabilizing societies and stumbling development into increasing the gap between social classes” he said underlying the grave harm that would affect the marginalized segments of the society, including women.

Presented by the researcher, Naela Al Razzam, the paper fell into three rubrics. It starts off with a snapshot of the situation of corruption in the Palestinian society, anticorruption efforts by public oversight institutions or entities in charge of combatting corruption, prosecuting corrupts and adopting policies necessary to enhance integrity. The second part discussed the relationship between corruption and gender highlighting how the spread of corruption affects women in particular. The last third parameter identified and diagnosed the challenges facing women in combating corruptions in their respective positions in the government, parliament, public office and civil society.

The participant agreed on the necessity to finalize and implement the recommendations on the anti-corruption legislation. They also called for an expedient implementation of the Council of Ministers’ decision that ratifies the mechanism of studying organizational structures in a bid to crack down on Wastaand nepotism in public service. They stressed on raising awareness of leading women and empowering them in the public, private and academic sectors so that they are more capable of helping in the development of anti-corruption policies and strategies. Eventually, it is hoped that a women’s network is created with the expertise and ability needed for awareness raising, lobbying, advocacy, implementation of policies and programs and increasing women’s representation in senior positions.

The participants also agreed that the paper should further incorporate case studies of women facing up corruption.

This activity has been implemented as part of a broader regional projected under the title Involving Women in Anti-Corruption Efforts.