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More women in Indonesian politics has not reduced graft

  • Melianus M. Taebenu

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Canberra   /   Tue, November 5, 2019   /  10:28 am
More women in Indonesian politics has not reduced graft In many countries, it has been found that the presence of women in the legislature has had a negative correlation with the level of corruption, as women are less likely to engage in corrupt behavior than men. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The implementation of the 30 percent electoral gender quota since the 2004 election has provided a window of opportunity for women in Indonesia’s political arena. According to the General Elections Law, political parties must nominate at least 30 percent women for their candidates for the House of Representatives and local legislative councils. In the 2019 to 2024 period, women’s representation in the House has reached 20.5 percent, or 118 out of 575 seats, rising from 17.3 percent in the last period, making the share in the current period the highest in the Reform Era. It is also remarkable that a woman, former minister Puan Maharani, has been appointed as speaker. Many believe that the quotas might at least promote the roles of female lawmakers to reduce the level of corruption. In many countries, it has been found that the presence of women in the legislature has ...

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