The Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) invites you to a workshop:

The Role of Taxation in Achieving Gender Equality


Featuring A Keynote Address By

H.E. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance, Indonesia

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

French & Spanish simultaneous interpretation will be available.


Please join us for the PCT Workshop on The Role of Taxation in Achieving Gender Equality on Zoom. Experts from PCT Partners (IMF, OECD, UN and World Bank), governments, think tanks, academia, and civil society will discuss how tax policy and tax and customs administrations can affect gender equality, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, explore advances in data collection and methodology and delve into the possibility of incorporating gender equality initiatives in tax reforms.

Please check out the recent joint blog by PCT Partners, discussing key issues in the role of taxation in promoting gender equality.


A country’s tax policy and administration can promote the achievement of gender equality goals by altering socio-economic characteristics of the society, such as the gender pay gap, and changing behaviors, such as participation in the workforce, consumption, and investment. A robust tax system can generate additional funds for programs designed to improve women’s and men’s welfare. However, the recent economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent decline in tax revenues have widened the gap between domestic resources of countries and funds required to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include gender equality and the reduction of poverty. Recent studies by PCT Partners [1] recognize that women have suffered more by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a fallout of the pandemic, decades of progress in closing the gender equality gaps may be reversed.

For any questions, please contact us at taxcollaborationplatform@worldbank.org 


[1] Grown, Caren, and Carolina Sanchez-Paramo, “The Coronavirus is Not Gender-Blind, Nor Should We Be,” World Bank Blogs, April 20, 2020. 
Kugler, Maurice, et al., “The Labor Market Impacts of COVID-19 on Different Types of Workers,” Policy Research Working Paper, World Bank (Washington, DC: World Bank), forthcoming 2021.
UN Women, “COVID-19 and Its Economic Toll on Women: The Story Behind the Numbers,” (New York: UN Women), September 16, 2020.
Stotsky, Janet G., Using Fiscal Policies and Public Financial Management to Promote Gender Equality: International Perspectives (London: Routledge), 2020; Sayeh, Antoinette et al., “Engendering the Recovery: Budgeting with Women in Mind,” IMF Blogs, March 5, 2021; Harding, Michelle et.al., “In Tax, Gender Blind is Not Neutral: Why Tax Policy Responses to COVID-19 Must Consider Women,” OECD Ecoscope, June 1, 2020.