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Prague Hosted a CoE Conference on Corruption

On December 13 the Group of States against corruption (GRECO) under the auspices of the Senate and the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic organized a conference focusing on ‘Gender Dimensions of Corruption’.

Delegates from 42 GRECO member states, international organizations and civil society debated the gender side of corruption for the very first time at the pan-European level. Fighting corruption is one of the main priorities of the Council of Europe, as corruption, in all its forms, undermines the elementary values of modern democracies. Since its establishment through a partial agreement in 1999, the Group of States against corruption monitors compliance of its member states with the anticorruption measures through the Council’s judiciary tools.

Corruption is in general perceived as a gender neutral phenomenon. Therefore, focusing on gender dimension of corruption is in itself considered as very progressive. GRECO has been exploring the gender dimension of corruption since 2012 and its work already shows that studying the gender side provides an added value to the work of the Group of States against corruption.

According to GRECO, the impact of corruption on women and men differs. More frequently than their male counterparts, women become victims of various kinds of discrimination and abuse. In the countries of advanced gender equality in the workplace, the share of women involved in corruption is changing. In fact, as the findings of GRECO’s preliminary study shows, the greater gender equality, the higher frequency of women directly involved in corrupt activities.

The delegates discussed results of GRECO’s study and also presented their own experience with gender dimension of corruption. One of the aims of the conference was to find gender specific measures which would both prevent corruption and at the same time protect women as an entity potentially more vulnerable to corruption.

Source: Ministry of Justice CZ, Council of Europe