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Event: Making Tax Work for Women in the UK and Globally

June 21, 2017   Blog, Events

On Wednesday 28th June 2017 at 16.30 our very own Liz Nelson will be speaking at an event in London that aims to bring together gender and tax justice advocates to highlight the need for coherent and gender-responsive fiscal policies to safeguard the rights of women and girls both in the UK and globally.

The event is being organised by Christian Aid, ActionAid, Gender and Development Network, FEMNET, WomanKind, Women’s Budget Group (WBG)

The panellists are: Dinah Musindarwezo (FEMNET), Mary-Ann Stephenson (WBG), Liz Nelson (Tax Justice Network), Jalia Kangave (ICTD)

If you would like to attend please contact Cheyenne Robinson at Cheyenne.Robinson [at] actionaid.org by Friday 23rd June

Historic event on women, human rights and tax justice in Bogota

June 20, 2017   Blog, Events, Human Rights

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.

Forthcoming book: Tax Havens and International Human Rights Law

May 8, 2017   Blog, Human Rights, Tax Havens

yTax 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. 

UN criticises Switzerland and pressure mounts over human rights impacts of tax havens

December 1, 2016   Blog, Gender, Human Rights
We’ve reported before on this blog on the groundbreaking situation whereby Switzerland—ranked number one in the Tax Justice Network’s Financial Secrecy Index – faced tough questions from a U.N. human rights body in Geneva over the toll that its tax and financial secrecy policies take on women’s rights across the globe. Now Switzerland has received strong recommendations from the U.N. Committee mandated to oversee compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) regarding its role as arguably the world’s leading tax haven. We reproduce the following from the Center for Economic and Social Rights, one of our partners in this highly significant event:
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