Global Alliance for Tax Justice – Highlights of 2017

Both Oxfam Novib and Tax Justice Network – Africa are very proud to be part of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice. Together we made 2017 a major year for the rapidly growing global tax justice movement.

In collaboration with regional members, GATJ working groups and partners in the world’s leading women’s, human rights, tax justice and trade union organizations, GATJ coordinated three separate global weeks of action.

In March over 35 countries were united across borders for the first ever #TaxJustice for Women’s Rights Global Week of Action in March 2017. All of these organizations together called on governments to secure women’s rights and economic equality by taking action for tax justice. This campaign saw the successful inclusion of important progressive tax policy references in the final outcome text1 of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 61st conference.

Diverse creative actions were carried out by GATJ regional members and allies around the world during the #EndTaxHavens Global Week of Action in April 2017, to promote demands for tax justice and transparency policies, and to mark the first anniversary of the publication of the Panama Papers.

In June #TaxJustice for #PublicServices Global Week of Action events took place in numerous countries including Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Peru, Botswana, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Australia, Canada, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Paraguay, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Vietnam.

The GATJ was proud to co-convene a high profile Tax Justice for Women’s Rights forum in Colombia. The resulting Bogota Declaration has been signed by 150+ organizations representing more than 200 million people around the world.

The following is a short video compilation highlighting GATJ’s activities in 2017:

Please join the Global Alliance for Tax Justice in 2018 as they continue to advance their common demands for a UN Global Tax Commission, for tax justice for human rights, tax justice in the extractive industries, and – in the wake of the latest Paradise Papers exposé – an end to tax havens. It’s time for multinational corporations and the rich to pay their taxes, and for governments to invest funds in the public services that are the most effective means to end poverty and inequality. Start by joining the Fight Inequality Alliance actions 19-26 January 2018.

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