Mobilizing Resources for Gender Equality: The Role of Tax Policy in Reducing Intersecting Inequalities and Achieving the SDGs

Feb 16 2018 - 8:30am
New York, US
Venue  Conference Room 12
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Feb 16 2018 - 8:30am

This event is organized in the context of the First Global Conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax, which is focused on "Taxation and the Sustainable Development Goals".

Tax is a gendered issue and matters for women’s rights and for achieving the SDGs, not least Goals 5 and 10. Without adequate, equitable and accountable mobilization of resources through tax, the 2030 Agenda and the promise to ‘Leave No One Behind’ will not be met. Gender equality experts and policy analysts will outline how the tax and related fiscal systems of both developing and developed countries discriminate against women and represent a barrier to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unfair tax systems threaten the realization of women’s human rights and contribute to increasing levels of gendered socio-economic inequality—exacerbated by the global trend towards fiscal austerity. Presentations include details on the multiple negative gendered impacts of VAT and other forms of consumption taxation, differential tax treatment of labour and capital incomes, business tax regimes, transnational corporate tax avoidance and tax havens.

Speakers:

  • Corina Rodríguez Enríquez - Feminist Economist; Executive Committee Member of DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era); Researcher
  • Emma Burgeisser - Bretton Woods Project on Gender Equality and Macroeconomics
  • Margaret Brew Ward - Policy and Advocacy Manager ActionAid Ghana
  • Kathleen Lahey - Professor and Queen's National Scholar, Faculty of Law, Queen's University, Canada
  • Kate Donald - Director of Human Rights in Sustainable Development, Center for Economic and Social Rights, United States (CESR)

*ADDITIONAL RESOURCE PERSONS

  • Alvin Mosioma – Executive Director, Tax Justice Network-Africa
  • Sandra Vermuyten – Head Of Campaigns, Public Services International
  • Toby Quantrill – Global Lead Economic Justice, Christian Aid

Co-facilitators:

  • Dennis Howlett, Treasurer, Global Alliance for Tax Justice; Executive Director, Canadians for Tax Fairness
  • Liz Nelson, Director, Operations + Tax Justice & Human Rights, Tax Justice Network

Co-sponsoring organizations:

  • Global Alliance for Tax Justice
  • Bretton Woods Project
  • ActionAid
  • Christian Aid
  • Center for Economic and Social Rights
  • Tax Justice Network
  • Public Services International
  • Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era