This module is a resource for lecturers
The Module aimed to unpack the notion that women are less corruptible than men, to help us understand how corruption can maintain and exacerbate gender inequalities, and to stress the importance of gender mainstreaming for fighting corruption. The discussions also sought to demonstrate that w hile women can act as catalysts for change and challenge corrupt networks, it is equally important to think critically about why gender quotas and gender mainstreaming might help to dismantle corruption. What could be far more significant than gender itself, is the role of diversity as a tool in preventing corruption. Disrupting corrupt networks through the introduction of a wide array of actors from different cultural backgrounds and with different genders may be a far greater and long-lasting deterrent to corruption than simply focusing on the positive influence of women alone. Introducing diversity by employing women as a means of breaking up corrupt networks may prove effective, but it should be recognized that women are not the only group that might achieve this goal. Indeed, a s discussed in further detail in Module 5 of the E4J University Module Series on Integrity and Ethics, diversity is important not only in the context of fairness to individuals and marginalized groups, but also as a means to improve society as a whole . Against this background, consideration should be given to how diversity overall can be used as a tool to combat corruption and what role women can play in this larger strategy.