Webinar on tax justice and women’s rights


On Tuesday 16 June 2015, during the Global Week of Action for Tax Justice, AWID organized a webinar on Tax Justice and Women’s Rights, in partnership with the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) . Over 100 women’s rights and feminist activists participated in a lively discussion linking tax policies to the achievement of women’s human rights & gender equality.

Four expert panelists discussed the various ways in which prevailing tax policies disadvantage women and deny them their equal rights. They contested the male breadwinner model that still dominates taxation policies around the world and that continues to take for granted women’s unpaid work.

Specific advocacy spaces for influencing tax justice at the international level were also discussed, in particular the Third Financing for Development Conference to be held in Addis Ababa in July 2015.

You can listen to the audio of the webinar here.


Two important new resources on tax and gender


UN Women just published one of their periodic flagship reports on The Progress of the World’s Women. This edition is entitled ‘Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights’, and it includes an excellent chapter (4) on macroeconomic policy and gender equality. It’s full of strong analysis on the gendered effects of tax…

Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 3.35.13 PM…and it illuminates the contours of a rights-based approach to tax policy, guided by the imperative to move towards substantive equality for women.Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 2.23.33 PM

It’s great to see a UN agency heartily embracing these issues.

Secondly, Tax Justice Focus (the newsletter of TJN) – The Gender Edition includes articles by Mae Buenaventura of the Asian People’s Movement on Debt and Development, Diane Elson of the Women’s Budget Group, Kathleen Lahey of Queens University, and an interview with WfTJ’s very own Mae Hen. It’s a great read.