Graft stands in way of empowering women: TIB

Staff Correspondent

Rights activists on Wednesday said that women’s empowerment and prevention of corruption are inter-connected issues as corruption disrupts women’s empowerment.
The discussants at an orientation programme also said women journalists should work on different corruption-related issues as a part of this social movement.
The programme, titled ‘Women journalists’ role in anti-corruption movement’, was organised by Transparency International Bangladesh at its head office.
While presenting a paper, TIB manager (gender) Kazi Shafiqur Rahman said power was being misused to facilitate discrimination against women, which proved the connection between corruption and women empowerment.
Women are becoming victims of corruption in families, society, religion, state, professional life and economy, he said.
Presenting another paper, the organisation director for outreach and communication SM Rezwan-ul-Alam said in most of the media there were no gender policies, discrimination in salary structure and non-cooperation of male colleagues.
TIB executive director Iftekharuzzman said corruption was the main obstacle to social and economic development in developing countries like Bangladesh.
He expressed hope that women journalists would play an important role in writing and publishing anti-corruption reports.
According to the TIB’s global Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 women were less corrupted than men.
The programme was attended, among others, by TIB deputy executive director Sumaiya Khair, director (research and policy) Mohammad Rafiqul Hasan and director (civic engagement) Uma Chowdhury.

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