Women's, human rights, tax justice and trade union activists have been lobbying at the UN Commission on the Status of Women’s 61st intergovernmental conference in New York for strong government action for tax justice for women’s rights and gender equality.
We are proud that this is one of the first times progressive tax issues have featured so prominently in the world’s foremost conference on women’s issues.
Our demands went straight to the UN Secretary General @antonioguterres, as head of Femnet Dinah Musindarwezo asked him to support a @GlobalTaxBody to stop tax dodging being a major obstacle to women’s rights and equality.
African civil society keeps pushing for governments to commit to action to stop illicit financial flows and invest it in gender equality.
The Government of Ecuador joined with the Global Alliance for Tax Justice to co-host a packed event with government representatives on tax justice for women’s economic empowerment inside the United Nations.
And at our CSO UN CSW event, strong women’s rights speakers from around the world discussed strategies for tax justice for women’s rights in a standing room only event. Over 1,200 people have watched the live video so far!
*** As we write, the final text being proposed for the UN CSW outcome document this week has deleted key tax and fiscal justice policy recommendations submitted by G77 governments. What is left, insultingly, is reference only to the so-called 'pink tax' on women's personal products, but no mention of the significant progressive tax solutions needed to address systemic economic inequalities. Please keep up the pressure on your government to reinstate this core text.***
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Feature blogs written especially for this campaign:
International Trade Union Confederation: ITUC's leader Sharan Burrow reinforces why working women deserve tax justice.
Public Services International: On World Water Day, PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli called for tax-funded public water and sanitation for realizing women's rights
Philippines: Women's voices missing from tax discussion: Read this great op ed by Tax and Fiscal Justice Asia/GATJ's Mae Buenaventura.
Uganda: Ugandan women make their demands on why they need tax justice for women’s rights. And the Ugandan Tax Justice Alliance held a public dialogue where the Uganda Revenue Authority’s Assistant Commissioner Milly Nalukwago spoke, whilst SEATINI Uganda had journalists covering the demands.
Bangladesh: Twenty-two rights-based civil society networks organised a human chain calling for reduction of VAT on essential goods, an end to privatisation of vital services such as health, education and water, and for better gender budgeting.
Netherlands: ActionAid Netherlands published this article on why women benefit from #taxjustice in Dutch, and released a video in Dutch on how tax justice can reduce women’s unpaid care burden.
Croatian feminist human rights organisation Udruga PaRiter, Turkish women's rights association KİH-Yeni Çözümler, Eastern and Central European network of young advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights ASTRA Youth Youth, Dominican Sisters and Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights all gave their support.
Latin America: Paguen Lo Justo give 7 reasons why we need tax justice for women’s rights in Spanish. This is what a gender-just tax system looks like, say Femnet, TrustAfrica and UAFAfrica in this handy infographic.
Ireland: Held a #TaxJustice workshop with final year #development students in #ITBlanchardstown
Zimbabwe: The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association held a workshop on #Mining4Dev, including the message that The girl child suffers most from Illicit financial flows in the mining sector.
France: ActionAid France did a photo action for #justicefiscale #droitsdesfemmes
Nicaragua: Demanded #JusticiaFiscal for #DerechosdelasMujeres