UN Tax Convention

Our demands

  • A truly universal, intergovernmental process at the UN to comprehensively address tax havens, tax abuse by multinational corporations and other illicit financial flows that obstruct redistribution and drain resources crucial to challenging gender inequality.
  • Taxing income, wealth and trade should support the internationally agreed human rights frameworks (to mobilize the maximum available revenues). Tax abuse and tax avoidance should be considered under the extraterritorial obligations of states towards other states. Abusive tax laws and rules hamper the enjoyment of human rights via blocking financing.
  • International tax rules exacerbate inequalities within and between countries. Therefore, taxing rights must be determined by countries.
  • Regulate and control monopolization of sectors. e.g. care, in digital services and infrastructure.
  • Curb ‘tax wars’ – tax competition (eliminate tax incentives, set a progressive model for progressive tax treaties, consider minimum corporate tax rates, ensure equity and control over withholding taxes).
  • Establish an extension of a universal and multilateral tax transparency policy platform (ABC policy trio adopted by tax justice movement), which can curb ‘offshoring’ of wealth and the shifting of profits including the regulation of trusts and foundations, and enable governments to maximize available resources and redistribute them in support of realization of women’s rights.
  • Monitor and evaluate impact of IFFs (channels of flow and scale) – the vulnerability of countries and the impact of the rights of women nationally and as a spillover impact.
The dimension of Gender Equality

The absence of redistributive justice redirects negative impacts on the shoulders of women. Regressive taxation measures and illicit financial flows (especially corporate tax abuse and tax havens, as stated by the CEDAW Committee) reduce the fiscal space for governments, who then are not able to spend the maximum amount of resources to ensure gender equality and women’s human rights. This increases the burden of unpaid domestic and care work.

GATJ's statement for our global campaign for Tax Justice to Overcome the Crisis

“Several months after the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people across the world, especially in the Global South, are still suffering from the resulting multiple and intersecting crises – economic, health, social, and environmental – that continues to assail all aspects of human lives. For the poorest and most vulnerable, who have been hardest hit by the crises’ devastating impacts, each day is a struggle for survival. Their future remains insecure as policy responses are shaping up to be unresponsive to the rights of the people and gender dimensions of the crises”


About the webinar our TGWG organised with WWG on FfD

“As we all struggle to sort out this socioeconomic crisis, leaders in feminist economics warn: to fulfill human rights, we need a fairer and more transparent tax system.”


By Caroline and Roosje, co-coordinators of our Tax & Gender Working Group

People in all countries at all levels of development are affected but countries in the Global South and particularly women and vulnerable groups are hard hit as governments and health authorities strive to limit widespread infections of COVID-19 and mitigate economic fallout. While neoliberalism and patriarchal norms continue to undermine, subvert and ignore women’s rights.


“The tax system has a high share of indirect taxes, offers innumerable privileges to the private sector and higher income sectors, and loses significant resources due to tax evasion and avoidance. These conditions translate into high levels of inequality, as the greatest impact on family income ends up falling on the same socioeconomic sectors that receive social protection assistance programs”. Verónica Serafini Geoghegan, Specialist in Economics and Gender.

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New report “Tax Justice for the social protection of women” addresses gender gaps and inequalities in the coverage of these systems in Latin America.

In Latin America, on average, women earn 20% less than men doing the same jobs. In addition, a good part of the female population in the region is dedicated to carrying out care work, without receiving any compensation for this essential work for the preservation of our societies. Most of them suffer from the limited and deficient coverage of the weak social protection systems provided by our governments.