Adjusting the Lens: Latin American and Caribbean fiscal policies from a gender perspective

Posted in: Fiscal Justice, Gender Equality

By examining Latin American and Caribbean fiscal policies from a gender perspective, Oxfam’s latest discussion paper suggests that further study is necessary of the biases, both explicit and implicit, of fiscal systems that serve to reinforce traditional roles of women in society.

Many modern fiscal policies are based on the idea that there is a male breadwinner in every home, and that he is the one interacting economically with the market and the state. These fiscal policies may therefore be reinforcing a gendered division of labour between women and men, fostering inequalities and operating as obstacles to the development and realization of women’s potential.

Muchas de las políticas fiscales modernas se basan en la idea que existe un hombre ganador del pan en cada hogar, y por ello es el sujeto que interactúa económicamente con el mercado y el Estado. Por lo tanto, las políticas fiscales pueden estar reforzando la división sexual del trabajo y las desigualdades entre mujeres y hombres, operando como obstáculos para el desarrollo y máximo aprovechamiento del potencial de las mujeres. Debe ahondarse en el estudio de los sesgos, tanto explícitos como implícitos, de los sistemas fiscales que refuerzan los roles tradicionales de las mujeres en la sociedad.

Currently only available in Spanish at: dp-adjusting-the-lens-lac-fiscal-policy-gender-260914-es (1)

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