I’ve been a feminist since I was in my early teens and have always been focused on making sure that women are adequately represented in the public debate. I have expressed my feminism through working in areas where women are underrepresented and particularly by becoming an economist.
I’m a strong advocate for women. As a Green in the European Parliament I’ve used my position to fight on issues that impact women, from period poverty to tax avoidance:
I recently launched the Green Party’s campaign to End Period Poverty by providing free menstrual products for women who can’t afford them, and for girls in school.
I lobbied Priti Patel to support the fund to counteract the damage from Trump’s Global Gag Rule, a rule that would block US funding of any international NGOs that provide abortion services or offer information about abortions.
I worked with Laura Coryton of the #EndTamponTax campaign to ensure an EU-wide ban on VAT on menstrual products. This is part of a wider issue about the gendered nature of the tax system.
I was part of a wider struggle to counteract the gender bias in our tax and benefits system. I strongly believe that tax is a feminist issue – tax avoidance damages women more than it does men. Because men own the overwhelming majority of the world’s assets they are also the vast majority of tax avoiders. Meanwhile, women depend more on the public services that taxation funds, as well as being more likely to work as doctors, nurses and teachers. So when tax avoidance means we can’t fund public services properly, it’s women who suffer.