International Women’s Day 2017
Ahead of International Women’s Day ActionAid will launch #TaxJustice for Women’s Rights, a photo exhibition, on Thursday the 2nd of March, at 6.30pm.
This powerful photo exhibition explores the real impact tax injustice has on women. Developing countries lose hundreds of billions to corporate tax dodging every single year. Therefore, robbing the world’s poorest women of their health, safety from violence, access to education and employment and equality. As a result women and girls are weighed down with unpaid care work.
When tax avoidance and tax breaks starve public services of funding, it’s women and girls who pay the highest price.
In addition to the exhibition, three African tax justice activists will launch the exhibition, sharing their stories. These inspiring women, from Zambia, Kenya and Nigeria are leading the fight for tax justice in some of the world’s poorest communities
What: Launch of #Tax Justice for Women’s Rights photo exhibition
Launch date: 6.30pm on Thursday the 2nd of March
Running dates: 2nd – 9th of March, daily.
Venue: Filmbase, Curved Street, Templebar, Dublin 2
Featuring stunning images and personal stories from Zambia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the photo exhibition will be on display in Filmbase from the 2nd – 9th of March.
The exhibition will mark International Women’s Day on March 8th. And it is is part of the #TaxJustice for Women’s Rights Global Days of Action. This will see women’s rights and tax justice activists, as well as trade unions unite across the globe, with activities taking place across Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and at the UN CSW.
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Meet the speakers
Onyinyiche Okechukwu, Nigeria
Onyinyiche works on tax justice campaigning with ActionAid in Nigeria, where she trains activists, runs events and manages communications. She has been involved in women’s rights movements across West Africa, and works with communities, government and media to fight for tax justice and investment in quality public services.
Wanjiru Kanyiha, Kenya
Wanjiru is an activist and lawyer from Kenya, where she fights against corruption and for tax justice. She is a champion of using social media for campaigning, and has run campaigns on government accountability, tax justice, and gender-based violence.
Sharon Kabwe Chileshe, Zambia
Sharon is a tax justice champion in Zambia. She has led civil society in the Zambia National Tax Justice platform, ActionAid’s tax justice engagement with the IMF and private sector, and provided technical expertise to campaigns on biofuels and extractives. Sharon combines her policy expertise and civil society experience to highlight tax and development issues.
Caroline Muchanga, Mazabuka, Zambia
Caroline owns a market stall in Mazabuka, Zambia. She works almost 15 hours a day, seven days a week to support her family and pays tax on the profit she makes. Just down the road Zambia Sugar, one of the largest sugar production companies in Africa, makes millions of dollars every year. Yet, over a five year period it has paid just 0.5% of its profits in tax.
Zambia has lost out on over $27 million in revenue in five years from this one single company, and this was partly facilitated by Ireland.
While Zambia Sugar avoids paying taxes, the Zambian government struggles to fund quality healthcare and education for its citizens. As a result Caroline can’t afford to send her children to better schools or provide them with healthy meals. “When we go to government hospitals you find there is no medicine,” she says. “We feel so bad because we are suffering a lot. We feel so bad because Zambia Sugar does not pay tax.”
Consequently, in absolute terms Caroline has paid more tax than Zambia Sugar.
Photo: Jason Larkin/ActionAid
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