Voices For Equality – An Advocacy Guide To Fiscal Justice For Women and Girls in Africa

The language of fiscal policy might often feel like navigating a highway of technical jargon. However, beneath the surface of statistics and budgets lies a powerful tool for achieving social justice: fiscal justice. While balanced budgets and macroeconomic stability might seem like the ultimate goals, we must delve deeper and ask: how can fiscal policies empower women and girls to reach their full economic potential?

This exploration unveils the crucial role fiscal justice plays in ensuring equitable access to resources, reducing gender inequality, and paving the way for a more inclusive and just future. By engaging with this advocacy guide African feminist economists are invited to embark on a journey where fiscal justice transcends mere financial metrics, becoming a powerful instrument for advancing gender equality and building a future where every woman and girl can thrive.

Fiscal Policy:

Fiscal policy refers to the use of taxation and spending by governments to influence the economy. In this regard, governments make decisions to determine levels of taxation, expenditure or borrowing. The objectives of fiscal policy are often centered around the need to stabilize the economy, promote economic growth, control inflation and ensure income redistribution to address challenges of inequality. Fiscal policy is therefore essential for influencing and shaping the economic environment and achieving macroeconomic objectives including full employment, price stability, and sustainable economic growth.

Fiscal Justice:

Fiscal justice refers to the fair and equitable distribution of the burden of taxation and public expen- diture within a society. It encompasses principles of fairness, equality, and efficiency in the allocation of financial resources by the government. Fiscal justice seeks to establish a tax system whereby those with higher incomes or wealth contribute proportionately more to public revenues than those with lower incomes or wealth. It also seeks to ensure that public resources are allocated in a way that promotes social welfare, human rights and addresses inequalities.

Why is Fiscal Justice essential for women and girls to exercise their Economic Rights?

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