This theme resonates with the spirit and ethos of what Disclosure Today is about. Using civic technology to provide infrastructure for responsible and effective citizen engagement in public decision-making.
Disclosure Today fully supports a society equally conducive for all genders with equal access to resources, socio-economic infrastructure and amenities. However, corruption and lack of transparency and accountability continues to erode the ability of nations and governments to achieve this goal with the effect impacting women disproportionately.
In many countries of the world, women perform the greater responsibility as caregivers and home makers for husbands and children. Many women however unfortunately lack easy access to essential services such as health, education, water and sanitation. As a vulnerable group, they are less likely to be aware of their entitlements. Additionally, women’s income level is also lower compared with men and they lack influence to seek alternatives to bribes.
Another impact of corruption on women are cases where they are compelled or forced to consent to sexual favour as a form of bribe when they are in need of employment, admission into higher institutions or access to public service.
Importantly, women are forced to bear the consequences that might arise from consenting to sexual favour as a form of bribe in exchange for their needs. Some of the consequences faced by such women include contracting deadly sexually transmitted diseases that could lead to stigmatisation and in some cases, unwanted pregnancy.
The Caribbean also continues to remain challenged by male chauvinism, discriminatory practices, human rights violations and denial of opportunities for work and education.
Disclosure Today therefore continues to support both Government and Civil Society Organisations as we strive towards a future where women are equal, where individuals’ rights are not violated because of their gender, sexual persuasions and orientations, where remuneration is fairly structured and access to resources is free of gender bias.