Mainstreaming Gender and Incorporating Grassroots Women’s Perspectives in Global Anti-Corruption Initiatives and Agendas

8 November 09:00 – 11:00

Session Coordinator’s name:
Carolina de Martins Pinheiro/Ezinwa Okoroafor
Huairou Commission/International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)

Expert Delivering Kick Off Inspirational Speech Suki Beavers (TBC)
Topic: Launch of publication: Seeing Beyond the State: Grassroots Women’s Perspectives on Corruption and Anti-Corruption (TBC)

Session Facilitator/Moderator
Lilian Ekeanyanwu
Technical Unit on Government Anti-Corruption Reforms (TUGAR) Nigeria

Anna Bossman
African Development Bank – Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department
Topic: Gender Perspectives in Corruption – Case Reviews, Best Practices and The Way Forward

Ezinwa Okoroafor
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)
Topic: Engendering Perspectives to Corruption – Mechanisms and Strategies.

Sheela Anish
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)
Topic: Mainstreaming Gender in Corruption issues – The Role of Civil Society Organisations

Priya Pillai (TBC)
Best Practices Foundation
Topic: Grassroots Women’s Perspectives and Strategies on Corruption

Frances Birungi (TBC)
Uganda Community Based Association for Child Welfare (UCOBAC)/ Huairou Commission
Topic: Case study: the impact of corruption on grassroots women’s access to land and housing

Session Description

This session will present complementary approaches on how to engender anti-corruption strategies: FIDA, Huairou Commission, UNDP and partners will draw from practical examples grassroots organizations, civil society organisations focused on gender rights, and international agencies have mainstreaming gender into anti-corruption initiatives and improved poor women’s access to basic services and political participation at local level.

It will discuss synergies between grassroots women’s organizing mechanisms to fight corruption at the local level with gender mainstreaming and rights-based approaches to anti-corruption initiatives. It will address the following questions:
• How can grassroots women’s perspectives on corruption be incorporated into global governance agendas as to strengthen and sustain global initiatives from bottom-up?
• How rights-based approaches can help women’s organizations to demand for accountability?
The Huairou Commission and UNDP will take this opportunity to also launch the publication “Seeing Beyond the State: Grassroots Women’s Perspectives on Corruption and Anti-Corruption.” In sharing the findings, the session will encourage different change agents to broaden the definition of corruption as to incorporate the range of experiences women, and grassroots women in particular, when dealing with corruptive public agents in order to access basic services and implementing strategies to change the pervasiveness and mitigate the impact of corruption on their lives.

Finally, the session will propose best practices and multi-sectorial partnership models to ensure anti-corruption strategies are gender specific and concretely improve women’s lives.

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