Recently an anti-corruption exhibition was held at Saljoqi Hall, Herat City, in order to raise awareness about negative influence corruption has on a developing country.
The five-day event was organised by the Women Activities and Social Services Association (WASSA), the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption, and Strengthening Civil Society in Afghanistan or Tawanmandi. This exhibit is one of several events that community organisations and government offices are cooperating on to eradicate corruption.
Sayed Asil Sadeqi, the training officer WASSA outlined the exhibit and objective of the event. “There are more than 78 photos in this exhibition about the issues and impact of corruption on our society. Main goal of this exhibition is to inform people about the many different kinds of corruption, and inspire them to fight against this bad virus in the society.”
According to Sadeqi, paying a bribe is not the only form of corruption; in fact there are 18 kinds of corruption in society. For example when a teacher doesn’t pay attention to his duty, then it is a kind of corruption, or when traffic police don’t do their job honestly.
Homayra Sahar is a visitor to this exhibition who praised the exhibit and its educational purpose. “I think this exhibition has a good effect on the visitors, because in the past people were not aware about these kinds of corruption. It is very good that the youth, which are the future of Afghanistan, become aware about these bad actions.”
Holding such kinds of exhibitions can bring positive changes in society. By capturing everyday examples of corruption, it will encourage people to fight against it and empower citizens to accept this fight as one of their main duties to help the country.