Marches on the International Women's Day, March 8, demanding to Make Taxes Work For Women
A caravan of 28 jeepneys kicked off the Global Days of Action in the Philippines on 8 March 2019. Women infused creativity in their activism as they designed the jeepneys joining the caravan, not only with their demands, but also with vibrant decorations that represent their sectors and their struggles. The caravan was led by Oriang, a grassroots women’s organisation and a member of APMDD and TAFJA, and participated by other progressive organisations in the Philippines.
The caravan was followed by a march and programme in Mendiola. Members of Oriang decried the high prices of commodities triggered by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, which aggravated their suffering and poverty. They demanded for progressive tax policies that tax the rich more than the poor, increased allocation for social services for women, reduction of tax burdens on women, removal of gender biases in tax policies, and recognition of unpaid care work.
Members of Oriang also related these issues to the upcoming midterm elections in May 2019. By waving water spinach, they symbolically reminded the Filipino voters to choose candidates that will uphold their demands on various issues, including those related to tax justice and women’s rights.