Sextortion & Basic Public Services: Preventing Corruption & Ensuring Equitable Access to Water, Sanitation, Health & Education

ONLINE: This event will discuss how sextortion impacts the delivery of water, sanitation, health, and education for women and marginalised groups.

- Europe/Amsterdam

On 7 June 2023 at 14:00 (CEST), the Water Integrity Network, in collaboration with the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) will host an online talk event on the theme of sexual extortion, or “sextortion”.

Sextortion is a gendered form of corruption in which sex is used as bribe currency rather than money. It is a global issue that involves the abuse of power and it can happen in any sector where power imbalances exist, including government, law enforcement, industries, or services delivery. While evidence suggests that women are disproportionately vulnerable to sextortion, children, men, undocumented migrants, transgender, and non-binary individuals are also at risk. Despite its prevalence, sextortion has been a silent form of corruption, hiding in plain view and posing a serious threat to the integrity of institutions and the well-being of the survivors and victims.

In this Integrity Talk, we will discuss how sextortion impacts the delivery of water, sanitation, health, and education and the implication for the well-being of women and marginalised groups. We will also explore how applying the principles of integrity can help prevent sextortion and secure equitable and safe access to basic public services.

Register for this online event and receive the Zoom link at https://waterintegrity.net/6yc.

For full event information and updates, visit the UNU-MERIT website.



Nancy Hendry

Senior Advisor
International Association of Women Judges

Dolores Calvo

Department of Government, Uppsala University

Ortrun Merkle


Robert Gillanders

Co-Director, Anti-Corruption Research Center
Dublin City University Business School

Sareen Malik

Executive Secretary
African Civil Society Network for Water and Sanitation

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