Last week civil society organisations, researchers, labour union activists and policy makers met in Bogota, Colombia to explore how tax justice issues can ensure governments, multinational corporations and others meet their obligations to women in order to secure their full range of human rights.
The Women’s Rights and Tax Justice conference opened with a conversation between Rosa Pavenelli (Gen.Secretary of Public Services International) Jose Antonio Ocampo, Chairman of the Board of Banco del Republica (Central Bank of Colombia) and Maria Nieves Rico (Director of Gender Affairs, CEPAL) They highlighted how critical it is that multinational companies ‘pay their fair share’ as their contribution to the tax base in jurisdictions in which they operate.
Delegates shared knowledge and expertise on the impacts of the extractive industries, of climate finance and discriminatory tax regimes on women’s human rights. Constitutional and legislative issues, campaigns and points of policy influence were explored, all moving towards a long term vision for collaboration.
The Tax Justice Network was co-organiser of the event and was represented by Liz Nelson, Fariya Mohiuddin and Marta Nuñez, co-presenter of the Tax Justice Network’s monthly Spanish language podcast Justicia Impositiva.
We’ll be writing and researching much more in this under-reported area very soon.
On June 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2017 the Tax Justice Network will be taking part in an important conference of people coming together in Bogotá to discuss the little-understood and under-reported impacts of political decisions on taxation and financial secrecy on women and girls around the world.
Tax justice and gender is a key and developing research and campaigning area for the Tax Justice Network. Our head of tax, human rights and gender Liz Nelson will report back on this fascinating line-up (detailed below) with her take on the event and future steps to protect the futures of half of the world’s population from the damage done to them in environments that are delivering poorly on tax justice.
The conference hashtags are: #TaxJustice4Women17 and #JusticiaFiscalParaMujeres17
Tax havens cause enormous damage, not least because they block governments from fulfilling their human rights obligations. When rich people and powerful businesses evade paying taxes by using offshore tax havens they deprive states of the revenues they need to deliver on their commitments to provide education, health, justice and security. In this forthcoming book, Isle of Man-based lawyer Paul Beckett takes a human rights-based approach to the uses of tax havens and considers how the governments of tax havens actively connive with the process of breaching human rights.
It came to our attention recently that a blog written for us by Associate Professor of Philosophy at Central European University Philip Goff prompted extensive discussion. The blog was called No, it’s not your money: why taxation isn’t theft. This concept that taxes paid by individuals and companies, used by government for the provision of public services are somehow ‘theft’ seems to excite a lot of people.
The Tax Justice Network is supporting global partners in highlighting the impact of regressive tax policies and financial secrecy on women’s fundamental human rights, something we campaign on and write about. Here’s some information about the #TaxJustice for Women’s Rights Global Days of Action. The dates for your diary are 8-24 March 2017.