09 February 2017
Join the #TaxJustice for Women’s Rights Global Days of Action campaign from 8-24 March 2017. Let’s take action to advance tax justice for women’s rights!
Global Days of Action | 8-24 March 2017
BACKGROUND – WHAT’S AT STAKE?
- 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, ensure more decent work in public service jobs, and free up women’s time for education, political participation and paid work.
- 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 Global Tax Body, where all countries have a seat at the table and an 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 Public Services International, the International Trade Union Confederation, Association for Women's Rights in Development, Center for Economic and Social Rights, ActionAid, Christian Aid, Oxfam and Tax Justice Network.
For more resources, see the Campaign page here