Thousands of hawkers from different Indian States marched with the All India Women Hawkers Federation in the streets of Kolkata on February 29th, 2020. It was also the opportunity to celebrate the National Hawkers’ Federation 50th anniversary and raise their voice on several issues that they face in the country.
Besides defending tax justice measures for gender equality, they reinforced the urgency of putting a high priority on the climate and workers' rights agenda. The participants also protested against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which is a controversial law recently approved by the government, and called for an end in fascism and patriarchy in India.
On March 2nd, the Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development, which is part of the Tax and Fiscal Justice Asia (TAFJA), organised a training on tax and gender for hawkers in India, as part of our Make Taxes Work for Women global campaign. Members of the National Hawkers Federation and the All India Women Hawkers Federation had the opportunity to learn the importance of tax justice for gender equality and our proposals to improve the global tax system in order to ensure the countries invest more in gender-responsive public services.
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