Reviving Beijing's Neglected Macroeconomic Agenda: Tax Justice for Women’s Rights

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On Friday, March 13, CESR is co-sponsoring a webinar on tax justice for women's rights that has been organized by the Global Alliance for Tax Justice’s (GATJ) Tax and Gender working group as a parallel event of the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64).
 

The webinar, “Reviving Beijing’s Neglected Macroeconomic Agenda: Tax Justice for Women’s Rights,” takes place this Friday, March 13th, at 8:30 a.m. New York time / 11:30 a.m. Sao Paulo time / 4:30 p.m. Nairobi time / 7:30 p.m. Hanoi time and was originally conceived as a side event at the 64th Session of the UNCSW64, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration. The event was moved to a virtual space following the cancellation of all CSW physical side events due to concerns regarding coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It is also part of the Global Days of Action on #TaxJustice for Women’s Rights, organized by members of GATJ's Tax and Gender Working Group, including CESR, with the theme “Make Taxes Work for Women.” Participants can register for the webinar here and read the related concept note here.

“Reviving Beijing's Neglected Macroeconomic Agenda: Tax Justice for Women’s Rights” is co-sponsored by GATJ members, networks, and partners, including Womankind Worldwide; Bretton Woods Project; Asian People’s Movement on Debt and Development; Development Alternatives for Women for a New Era; Tax Justice Network; WIDE Austria; Public Services International; Tax Justice Network Africa; Gender and Development Network; Tax and Fiscal Justice Asia; Christian Aid; Action Aid; Society for International (SID) and Oxfam Novib.

Speakers include Dr. Marianna Leite, Global Lead, Gender and Inequality, Christian Aid; Cynthia Umurungi, Communications and Outreach Officer, Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA); Juliet Nakato, Director of Programmes Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE); Bilquis Tahira, Executive Director, Shirakat Partnership for Development; and a representative from Tax & Fiscal Justice Asia who is to be confirmed. The webinar will be moderated by Caroline Othim, Global Policy and Campaigns Coordinator, Africa and Co-coordinator of the GATJ Tax and Gender working group and Roosje Saalbrink, Policy and Advocacy Manager on Women's Economic Rights at Womankind Worldwide and Co-coordinator of the GATJ Tax and Gender working group.

The event addresses the actions and strategic objectives highlighted in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action to promote women’s economic rights, with a focus on taxation and illicit financial flows. It will acknowledge the challenges in realizing women’s economic rights, especially in the context of shrinking democratic space, offering means of addressing some of these obstacles. Speakers will highlight progress and setbacks in feminist tax policies and provide concrete actions to advance progressive tax regimes and financing models that support the fulfillment of women’s human rights.

GATJ’s concept note for the Global Days of Action events, including the webinar, explains how every year, hundreds of billions of dollars of public revenues are lost through illicit financial flows and capital flight through tax evasion and tax avoidance by multinational corporations. This flight deprives governments of the much-needed resources to fund public services, social protection and infrastructure to address inequalities, with marginalized women and those living in poverty impacted most heavily. It also explains how regressive and discriminatory tax policies used to raise government revenue continue to have negative impacts on poor people, especially women. GATJ’s objectives for the actions include building the global power of activists, civil society and ordinary people so they can campaign against inequality and tax injustice, holding elite and corporate power to account more effectively.
 
“Reviving Beijing’s Neglected Macroeconomic Agenda: Tax Justice for Women’s Rights"
Friday, March 13th, at 8:30 a.m. New York time / 11:30 a.m. Sao Paulo time / 4:30 p.m. Nairobi time / 7:30 p.m. Hanoi time
 
Register for the webinar here and read the related concept note here.

 

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