Feminists Need to Talk More About Taxes as a Women’s Rights Issue




The East African Tax and Governance Network (EATGN), member of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ), has been publishing a series of book reviews related to economic and social justice. Last Thursday (26 August), Tom Odhiambo, teacher at the University of Nairobi, published a review of Framing Feminist Taxation, which GATJ recently launched together with Womankind Wordlwide and Akina Mama wa Afrika, with the support of the Gender and Development Network (GADN) and NAWI Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective.

“Reading Framing Feminist Taxation (2021), a tax guide based on experiences from Uganda, one realizes the urgency of looking at and understanding how tax and taxation affect women from a multisectoral perspective if not perspectives”, wrote Odhiambo. “A feminist approach to tax and taxation needs to adopt a multidisciplinary and holistic approach that seeks not just to empower women and advocacy groups to be alert to the networks and processes that overtax women and underspend on their needs. Such an approach will have to be ever vigilant for the insidious nature of economic exclusion, disadvantage and alienation through socialization, acculturation, education, and other practices of everyday life.”

Read the complete review at EATGN’s website

About Framing Feminist Taxation

The publication provides guidance and recommendations for policy-making and advocacy that can influence and change our current economic and tax systems for a feminist future. It was developed to support tax justice and gender justice advocates to challenge international financial institutions’ role in shaping tax systems.

Presenting a feminist intersectional and human rights-based approach to fiscal policies, the guide brings together examples from Uganda and demonstrates how to link a global advocacy issue to a national framework in a way that is useful for influencing both in country and international spaces. It provides tools to assess the gender bias in the current tax system and how to advocate towards a feminist tax framework – a tax system that upholds human rights and enables substantive gender equality.


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