The Global Alliance for Tax Justice, our members and partners including international women’s rights groups and global trade unions were proud to be taking action to advance tax justice for women’s rights, during the Global Days of Action for #TaxJustice for Women's Rights, 8-24 March 2017!
#TaxJustice for Women's Rights, 8-24 March 2017
Tax Justice for Women’s Rights
- Start planning your creative actions to promote #TaxJustice for Women’s Rights in the Global Days of Action, 8-24 March 2017!
- Join with tax justice, trade union, faith and other civil society groups in your country to understand the issues and plan joint work together.
- Send letters and ask to meet directly with your national government and UN representatives to explain why we need tax justice to ensure gender justice. See the suggested ADVOCACY MESSAGES.
- Begin contacting your government representatives who are attending the annual UN Commission on Status of Women, 13-24 March in New York. Explain why tax justice is needed to deliver on the UNCSW theme of “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.”
- Share the word through social media: #IWD2017 / #taxjustice / #womensrights / #UNCSW
- Let us know what you’re doing! We’ll promote your activities and suggest connections to build impact.
- Also please send your event details, news, photos, videos, and social media links to Marie, Teresa (GATJ), or Bridget (ActionAid)
- International Women’s Rights Day, Wed. 8 March 2017 – Join people around the world as we launch the Global Days of Action for #TaxJustice for Women’s Rights, and call on our governments to stop the global scandal of corporate tax dodging, end illicit financial flows, and transform inequitable fiscal policies in order to fund and fulfill women’s rights.
- Follow up with your government representatives who are attending the annual UN Commission on Status of Women, 13-24 March in New York. Explain why tax justice is needed to deliver on the UNCSW theme of “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.”
- Wed. 15 March – ActionAid International will release a new report on macroeconomics and violence against women. Watch for and share the report. Attend the UNCSW parallel event 15 March @ 8.30am, Church Center of the United Nations, New York. Click here to reserve your seat.
- Thurs. 16 March @ 6.15pm – participate in the #TaxJustice for Women’s Rights, Hardin Room, Church Center of the United Nations, New York. This UNCSW parallel event is jointly hosted by the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, Global Unions, Association for Women's Rights in Development, Center for Economic and Social Rights, Oxfam, ActionAid, Tax Justice Network, Christian Aid, National Taxpayers Association Kenya.
- World Water Day, Wed. 22 March 2017 – stand in solidarity with Public Services International members. Tell our governments to ensure the Human Right to Water is realised through universal access to public water services that boost women’s health and economic independence.
GLOBAL MAP OF ACTIONS
- Women, girls and our allies around the world are calling on our governments to take action for tax justice to fund and fulfil women’s rights and ensure women’s economic equality and access to justice, health, education, care services, water, safety and decent work.
- Discriminatory national tax laws, tax havens, and tax cuts for the rich protect capitalism and male privilege, and intensify gender inequality. It’s time to put a sharp gender lens on such practices and implement fiscal justice measures that will ensure greater equality.
- We’ve reached crisis point. The global scandal of tax dodging by multinational corporations and the richest people is devastating our countries and depriving governments of the funds urgently needed to pay for public services vital to achieve women’s rights and socio-economic equality.
- Women and girls – especially those marginalised or living in poverty, suffer the most when public services are starved of adequate funding. This includes lack of access to free quality public healthcare, water, education, childcare, social protection, and anti-violence, sexual and reproductive health services, and lack of safe public transport that make cities safer and more accessible for women.
- Growing use of the VAT and other regressive consumption taxes, as well as lowering of corporate and progressive taxation, is worsening gender inequality.
- More tax-supported public investment in public services is the answer, not privatization. For example, the cost of privatized education prevents girls living in poverty from going to school.
- Women spend 2.5 times more time performing unpaid care and domestic work than men. As social services are starved of public funding, women are forced to take on an even greater share of unpaid work.
- In many countries, women perform much of the work in public healthcare and education services. When companies and the rich don’t pay their share – and public services are cut, female public service workers who have their wages cut or lose their jobs are doubly impacted.
- Where there are no public water services, women and girls most often are burdened by the task of fetching water to their homes at high personal cost, making them vulnerable to violence, and keeping them away from education and paid work. Access to public water and sanitation is vital for women’s economic autonomy.
- In order to deliver on their human right obligations to citizens, governments must raise sufficient domestic resources to fund public services including public early childhood education, elder care, healthcare, affordable public housing, transportation, clean water and sanitation. Such investments will reduce women’s burden of unpaid care and enterprise work, ensure more decent work in public service jobs, and free up women’s time for education, political participation, and self-care.
- While primarily northern nations, multinational corporations and the wealthy write the tax rules, the tools to fund women’s rights and economic equality are undermined. The world will not be able to achieve women and girl’s rights, gender equality or the Sustainable Development Goals without taking action for tax justice. We also call for the establishment of an inclusive intergovernmental UN Global Tax Body, where all countries have a seat at the table and an equal say in determining international tax rules.
 UN Women (2015) Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming economies, realizing rights: http://progress.unwomen.org/en/2015/pdf/UNW_progressreport.pdf p. 24
Recommendations to governments
- Meet international commitments to maximise available resources – notably through progressive taxation and reduced reliance on flat VAT and sales taxes – to invest in quality, gender-responsive public services, the public care economy, and social protections that are vital to fulfilling the human rights of all women and ending gender inequality.
- Practice gender budgeting to ensure that tax revenues are raised and spent in ways that promote gender equality; reform tax laws so that they do not discriminate against women; uphold the right of all women to have an equal say in how public money is spent.
- Set a global example by raising taxes in the most progressive way possible, with more emphasis on direct taxation of income, wealth, and high net worth individuals, and ensuring that multinational corporations pay their share.
- Carry out tax impact assessments by gender to identify the direct and indirect effects of taxes, paying particular attention to the impacts of both taxes and public spending on the poorest women. End all features of tax law that discriminate against women, especially joint or household taxes, big subsidies for supporting women to focus on unpaid work in the home and in small businesses, and informal or ad hoc taxes on women in market or own businesses.
- Ensure that national and regional tax and financial secrecy policies do not contribute to large-scale tax abuse in other countries and result in a negative impact on public resources available to realise women’s rights in those countries.
- End harmful tax practices, illicit financial flows, and regressive reforms to the current global tax system that facilitate tax avoidance and are biased towards wealthy countries, corporations, and the wealthy elite.
- Support the establishment of an inclusive intergovernmental UN Global Tax Body, where all countries have a seat at the table and equal say in determining international tax rules.
Recommendations to UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment
- Recognise tax as a feminist issue and propose concrete and effective actions that governments can take to progressively fund the reduction of unpaid care work of all women, including those living in poverty, through the provision of quality, universally-accessible gender-sensitive public services and social protections designed to promote gender equality.
- Issue a strongly worded recommendation to governments about the urgent need to raise domestic revenue for the gender-sensitive public services, social protections, and infrastructure essential to women’s equal human development and equality. Emphasize that progressive tax policies are required to advance women’s rights and economic equality.
- Call for an end to harmful tax practices, illicit financial flows, and regressive reforms to the current global tax system that facilitate tax avoidance and are biased towards wealthy countries, corporations, and the wealthy elite.
- Call for the establishment of an inclusive intergovernmental UN Global Tax Body, where all countries have a seat at the table and equal say in determining international tax rules.
The #TaxJustice for Women’s Rights Global Days of Action campaign is an initiative of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, GATJ Tax & Gender and Global Action working groups, and committed partners including the Global Unions, Association for Women's Rights in Development, Center for Economic and Social Rights, ActionAid, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Tax Justice Network.
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