Women and girls are disproportionately hurt by current global economic and taxation systems. Even though challenges may differ from country to country, everywhere women tend to proportionately pay more taxes. They also benefit less from them, as gender-biased and regressive tax systems continue to deepen gender inequality. While the socio-economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened this situation, it only highlights the urgency for structural changes to "Make Taxes Work for Women".
Tax is increasingly a feminist issue because women are disproportionately affected in when a country faces fiscal financial gaps. Tax is also a feminist issue because the policies that govern revenue collection and distribution are colonial, and are influenced and informed by neoliberal, capitalistic and patriarchal ideals, which favour large foreign own investments at the expense of citizens’ development interests, especially the poor – majority of whom work in the informal sector.
This is why, feminist and gender inequality should be a core concern of tax policy making and advocacy. All citizens must advocate for tax justice for women’s rights to cause and influence transformation, and consistently hold governments accountable as we work towards building feminist futures.