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Poll: Czech men more prone to graft than women

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Prague, Feb 23 (CTK) – Three-quarters of Czechs agree with the view that men have usually more experience with bribe-giving and bribe-taking than women, according to a survey examining the relationship between corruption and sex, conducted by Transparency International (TI) and unveiled on Tuesday.

The survey observed court verdicts, statistics and adults’ views.

“However, one cannot confirm the surmise that women are less prone to corruption than men because they are less frequently exposed to the risk,” TI lawyer Martina Mikolaskova has said.

The proportion of women in leading positions is small in the Czech Republic.

At ministries, they occupy three-fifths of minor positions without major powers.

Women account for 30 percent of the posts of directors.

The group Business for Society found out that last year, women occupied 13 percent of posts in the supervisory boards of 250 companies with the biggest turnover in the Czech Republic.

The poll was conducted on a sample of 810 people aged 15-59.

Over one-fourth of them believe that if there were more women holding senior posts, corruption would be reduced in the Czech Republic. The view is held by 20 percent of men and 35 percent of women.

Between 2011 and 2014, roughly 40 women were convicted of corruption, while in 2014 alone, 200 men.

The ratio of bribe-giving and bribe-taking was 5-1 by women and 3-1 by men. As a result, women give bribes more often than take them.

The view that men have more experience with bribes than women is held by 84 percent of women and two-thirds of men.

Some 29 percent of the polled believe that petty corruption such as bribes to doctors, police and planning permission offices staff tend to be an affair of men.

Corruption was directly encountered by 22 percent of Czech men and 14 percent of Czech women.

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