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   Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women.

Gender & Tax Justice

By LIZ NELSON

The heart of tax injustice is gender dominance, the language of secrecy, and an industry and culture which under free-market rules has normalised the subjugation and exclusion of women.

Humanity is male and man defines woman not in herself but as relative to him; she is not regarded as an autonomous being…she is the incidental, the inessential as opposed to the essential. He is the Subject, he is the Absolute – she is the Other. Simone de Beauvoir, 1949. 

8 June 2015 - The otherness of women that Simone de Beauvoir described more than sixty-five years ago still plays out in international, global and UK economic and fiscal policy as lost opportunities, grinding poverty and premature death for millions of women and girls. The latest  edition of Tax Justice Focus is concerned with raising the visibility of gender in the context of tax justice issues.

It is important to stress that gender inequality in relation to fiscal policy and tax is not an ‘untold’ story. On the contrary feminist commentators, economists, and lawyers have been writing about these issues for many years. Among them, Diane Elson has written extensively on gender and economic policy;Kathleen Lahey has drawn up blueprints for tax policy that takes gender justice seriously; and Mae Buenaventura has campaigned to give gender justice its proper weight in both national policy-making and in the global institutions. But too often policy-makers and the experts and lobbyists on whom they depend for advice have been able to ignore this work. Back in 2007 Caren Grown and Imraan Valodia argued in Tax Justice Focus that, while some progressive regimes acknowledged the importance of gender-sensitive budgeting, there were too few examples where revenue raising initiatives articulated equality. Gender, they argued, was ‘overlooked’ in favour of administrative simplification or goals set by the institutions of financial liberalisation.

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EU - Vulnerable Social Groups in the European Union - Before & After the Economic Crisis

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2016)586605

Changes in family structure mean that the number of single parents, especially single mothers, has increased in recent years. These parents struggle to achieve a work-life balance on account of their multiple obligations, and as a group they are also suffering from the effects of the crisis.

Direct Link to Full 8-Page European Parliament Document:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2016/586605/EPRS_BRI(2016)586605_EN.pdf

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Girls & Women Are Drivers of Development - Sustainable Development Goals - Infographic

http://womendeliver.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/GlobalGoals_Infographic_5x7_DIGITAL.pdf

Girls and women carry more than babies. Or water. They carry families. They carry businesses. They carry potential. And when we invest in their health, rights, and wellbeing, it creates a positive ripple effect that li s up entire countries.

 Give girls and women access to healthcare, they will deliver more resilient families. Give girls and women the potential to learn they will deliver stronger economies. Give girls and women opportunities, they will deliver solutions.

Learn more at deliverforgood.org.

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