Advancing gender just tax systems in Africa: A call to action

Imagine citizens having the agency and freedom to exercise their economic and social rights as rights holders? Or better still, having women and young people in all their diversity meaningfully engaged and contributing to the fiscal systems and processes, infusing their own priorities in national budgets and monitoring revenue allocation, and spending to influence gender-responsive public services and infrastructure? Imagine the reality of progressive and gender-just tax policies and practices in Africa?

That’s the Africa We Want!

This Newsletter series provides key highlights and achievements for the Fiscal Justice for Women and Girls in Africa (FJWG) project, being implemented by the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Oxfam Novib – Uganda, Oxfam Great Britain (GB) – Zambia, Southern Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) in Uganda, Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) – International in Zambia and co-funded by the European Union (EU). The project started in March 2020 and is expected to end in February 2023.

The overall aim of the project is to contribute to more transparent and accountable revenue generation and spending policies by transforming fiscal systems to better respond to the needs of citizens, especially for women and girls in Africa. The specific objective of the project is to strengthen the ability of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Women’s Rights Organizations (WROs) and citizens in Uganda and Zambia to hold decision-makers to account on formulation and implementation of fiscal policies affecting women and girls on a national and regional level.

In this Issue:

1. Strategic Positioning to Influence the 2022 National Budget in Zambia.
2. CSOs in Uganda Engage in Policy Advocacy on Tax Bills during the Financial Year 2021/2022.
3. Advocating for Gender Just Fiscal Policies & Practices in Continental & Global Advocacy Spaces.
4. Link & Learning Meeting and Outcome Harvesting Training for Fiscal Justice Project Partners.

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