Huairou Commission



Grassroots Women's Perspectives on Corruption


Grassroots women experience corruption as endemic, pervasive, and as a part of everyday life experience.


When grassroots women organize at the community level to design and implement anti-corruption strategies, they build gender sensitive governance that leads to improved service delivery, increased access to justice, and decreasing levels of corruption and poverty.

Corruption is a symptom of a larger problem

Grassroots women focus on improving governance structures to reduce corruption and increase access to service and justice

Non-confrontational strategies are more effective at the grassroots level

Partnering with civil servants, service providers and government authorities to promote transparency and accountability creates safe and sustainable mechanisms to reduce corruption

Organizing is the key to creating incentives to stop corruption

Grassroots women are more empowered to raise their voices against corruption if they belong to a grassroots organization. They feel supported and confident to address misuse of power.

Knowing the budget is crucial for monitoring public spending and influencing service delivery

Access to budget information varies from country to country. When this information is updated in real time and accessible, grassroots organizations can better monitor and act on misuse of public money

Grassroots women and youth are affected differently by corruption

In the case of women, sexual demands and physical abuse are two ways that corruption manifests; therefore, anti-corruption mechanisms focused on only bribery would not be able to reduce corruption from the perspective of grassroots women. 

Bottom-up and top-down approaches are complementary in reducing corruption

Grassroots women have developed important mechanisms to improve service delivery and access to justice. 
Policy and legal reforms have the potential of creating sustainable and responsive governance structures to recognize and scale grassroots women-led initiatives. It is thus important to partner with policy makers. 





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