Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Judhi Kristiantini; Preventing Corruption Through Women

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  • Judhi Kristiantini gives education about corrupt behavior to women through an 'I am a Woman against Corruption' (SPAK) movement. This movement invites women to campaign for anti-corruptive practice taking into account that women have influence over their families. TEMPO/Ratih Purnama Ningsih

    Judhi Kristiantini gives education about corrupt behavior to women through an 'I am a Woman against Corruption' (SPAK) movement. This movement invites women to campaign for anti-corruptive practice taking into account that women have influence over their families. TEMPO/Ratih Purnama Ningsih

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Not many people fully understand what corruptive behavior actually is. The ‘I am a Woman against Corruption’ (SPAK) movement invites women to campaign for anti-corruptive practices, taking into account that women have influence over their families.

    Judhi Kristianti vividly remembers a story one woman shared during the early meetings of the ‘I am a Woman against Corruption’ (SPAK) movement four years ago. The woman, wife of a rector of a university in Java, said that she used to give presents to teachers and security guards of the school her child went to.

    At the end of every school term, her child requested that he himself give the presents to the teachers and security guards. This made the woman proud, thinking her child had already honed social awareness. One day, the child was running late for school and a math exam was due that day, and yet he seemed very relaxed. When she asked why he was not at all worried, the child said he was sure the security guards would let him in, since he always gave them presents.

    “It was then the mother realized, her child had internalized corrupt behavior,” Judhi (52) said some time ago.

    Judhi noticed how in the early days when SPAK had just been founded, people had very little knowledge about what entails corruption. “When asked, they could only say that corruption was something to do with state finances,” she recounted.

    That is why campaigns against corruption must be spread further. The SPAK movement Judhi initiated is one of the ways.