Today is International Women’s Day, a special day which is celebrated on March 8 every year to draw attention to women’s rights.

In a message to mark this year’s celebration, a non-government organization, ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), is asking the Nigerian Government to increase tax revenue allocation for gender responsive social services.

Mrs Ene Obi, AAN Country Director made the call in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Obi said there was need for the government to prioritise gender-just, progressive and transformative tax policies and improve funding and fulfillment of Women’s Rights.

She said if done, it would reduce unfair tax burdens on women; increase allocation of tax revenues for gender responsive social services and ensure tax and fiscal policies were recognised.

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She also called on the Federal Government to put policies and systems in place to stop tax abuses by multinational corporations and as well remove gender bias and discrimination in tax policies.

“Multinational corporations are systematically avoiding and evading taxes, by abusing weaknesses within the national tax system.

“And these abuses comprise a large part of Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), resulting in hundreds of billions of Naira in lost public revenues every year.

“These potential public revenues could and should have been used by government at all levels to provide economic and social services and infrastructures that are urgently needed to address inequalities,” AAN said in the statement.

It added: “If tax revenues were collected in a progressive and gender-just manner, they could be a sustainable and predictable source of income to publicly finance Nigeria’s commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

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