2016 Ring the Bell for Gender Equality

8 Mar, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland

For more information, please contact the SSE team.

To commemorate International Women’s Day (8 March 2016) over 30 Stock Exchanges around the world joined the UN Global Compact, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, UN Women, IFC, The World Federation of Exchanges and Women in ETFs, in raising awareness about the importance of gender equality to sustainable development and business by ringing an opening or closing bell. The aim was to have ‘bells ringing’ across the globe to bring further attention to the importance of women’s economic empowerment to business growth and development, as well as highlight the role the private sector can play in creating opportunities for women in the workplace, marketplace and community.The key message the SSE is promoting at these events is the role of stock exchanges in supporting Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality. Stock exchanges are encouraged to promote gender diversity on the boards and management of listed companies, and to ensure accessibility of capital market services to female entrepreneurs of all ages.


NOTE: This event already took place. The news release on this event can be found here.




Market Stock Exchange Date

Australia Australian Securities Exchange 8 March 2016
Bangladesh Dhaka Stock Exchange 8 March 2016
Belgium Euronext Brussels 8 March 2016
Canada Toronto Stock Exchange 11 March 2016
Chile Santiago Stock Exchange 11 March 2016
Cote d’Ivoire (HQ) Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières 8 March 2016
Egypt Egyptian Exchange (EGX) 8 March 2016
Fiji South Pacific Stock Exchange 8 March 2016
France Euronext Paris 8 March 2016
Germany Deutsche Borse 9 March 2016
Hong Kong Hong Kong Exchanges Clearing 8 March 2016
India Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) 8 March 2016
Italy Borsa Italiana 8 March 2016
Jordan Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) 9 March 2016
Kenya Nairobi Securities Exchange 3 March 2016
Laos Lao Securities Exchange 9 March 2016
Malaysia Bursa Malaysia 11 March 2016
Morocco Bourse de Casablanca 8 March 2016
Netherlands Euronext Amsterdam 8 March 2016
Nigeria Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) 8 March 2016
Peru Bolsa de Valores de Lima 8 March 2016
Portugal Euronext Lisbon 8 March 2016
Romania Bucharest Stock Exchange 8 March 2016
South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange 8 March 2016
Sri Lanka Colombo Stock Exchange 4 March 2016
Switzerland SIX Swiss Exchange 8 March 2016
Turkey Borsa Istanbul 8 March 2016
United Kingdom London Stock Exchange 8 March 2016
United States BATS 7 March 2016
United States Chicago Board Options Exchange 7 March 2016
United States Nasdaq 8 March 2016
United States New York Stock Exchange 8 March 2016
United States IFC Treasury 8 March 2016
United States IEX 7 March 2016

Press Coverage

  • Amman Stock Exchange: Launching The Gender Equality Initiative In Jordan On The Occasion Of Celebration Women’s International Day (via Mondo Visione)
  • Bolsa de Santiago junto a ONU Mujeres y Pacto Global realizan simbólico toque de campana por el Día Internacional de la Mujer (via Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago, in Spanish)
  • Borsa Istanbul’s bell rings once again for gender equality (via Hurriyet Daily News)
  • Borsa Istanbul’s bell rings once again for gender equality (via Borsa Istanbul)
  • Borsa Istanbul’s Opening Bell Once Again Rings For Gender Equality (via Mondo Visione)
  • Bucharest Stock Exchange rings the bell for gender equality. How many women on listed companies’ boards? (via Romania Insider)
  • Campaña mundial de ONU Mujeres, la Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago y Pacto Global “Que la igualdad de género suene fuerte” (via Prensa Presidencia in Spanish)
  • Celebrating #InternationalWomensDay at #Nasdaq (via Nasdaq Facebook)
  • Deutsches Global Compact Netzwerk beteiligt sich an Bell Ringing Aktion für Gleichstellung mit 30 Börsen weltweit (via Germany Global Compact, in German
  • Delhi to organize a march adn cycling rally to commemorate International Women’s Day: UN-Women (via Merinews)
  • East Africa: Gender Equality Bell Rings Loud At NSE (via AllAfrica)
  • Everything you need to know about International Women’s Day (via Euronews)
  • Follow The Sun With Leadership For A Lifetime In Just One Day: IWD 2016 (via Forbes)
  • For Gender Equality (via People Daily)
  • Gender Equality bell rings loud at NSE (via CIO East Africa)
  • Gender Equality On Boards Debated (via Fiji Sun)
  • IFC and Jordan’s Stock Exchange Join Worldwide ‘Ring the Bell’ for Gender Equality (via The Financial)
  • International Women’s Day to Ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Closing Bell (via Yahoo! Finance)
  • International Women’s Day to Ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Closing Bell (via Nasdaq)
  • Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Rings The Bell For Gender Equality (via Mondo Visione)
  • JSE rings bell for gender equality in Africa (via CNBC Africa)
  • Kenya: Stop Playing Lip Service and Put Women in Boardrooms, NSE Firms Told (via AllAfrica)
  • Lack of women in top management (via The Star Online)
  • Launching the Initiative of Gender Equality in Jordan in the Celebration of International Women’s Day (via Amman Stock Exchange)
  • Launching the Initiative of Gender Equality in Jordan in the Celebration of International Women’s Day (via Mondo Vision)
  • Nasdaq Hosts Women in ETFs (via Markets Media)
  • Nigerian Stock Exchange Commemorates International Women’s Day – Calls For Action To Step Up Gender Equality (via Mondo Visione)
  • Not enough women in Sri Lankan boardrooms (via Economy Next)
  • NSE Equality (via Daily Nation)
  • NSE, UN Women in gender equality push (via KTN Prime)
  • On International Women’s Day, UN officials call to ‘Step It Up’ for gender equality (via UN News Centre)
  • “Ring the Bell” : Casablanca rejoint 34 bourses mondiales (via InfoMaroc, in French)
  • ‘Ring the Bell for Gender Equality’: One Global Voice in Stock Exchanges (via The African Exponent).
  • Ring the Bell for Gender Equality 2016 (via Hellenic Shipping News)
  • Ring the Bell – un’esperienza personale (via Advisor Online, in Italian)
  • Ringing the Bell Around the World for Gender Equality (via ETF Trends)
  • Ring trading bell for gender equality (via City Press)
  • SIX Swiss Exchange Hosts Women in ETFs – Bell Ringing Ceremony Held in Zurich As Part Of International Women’s Day (via Mondo Visione)
  • Sri Lanka stock exchange partners with SLID and IFC to Ring the Bell for gender equality (via ColmboPage)
  • Stock exchanges worldwide “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” (via SSE initiative)
  • Stop paying lip service and put women in boardrooms, NSE firms told (via Daily Nation)
  • The Chilean Presidente, Michelle Bachelet, joined Santiago’s Exchange Ring the Bell for Gender Equality (via Santiago Stock Exchange)
  • UN Global Compact, UN Women and the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative to Ring the Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell in Celebration of International Women’s Day (via Nasdaq GlobeNewswire)
  • United Nations Announces 2016 Theme for International Women’s Day (via Black Enterprise)
  • UN Women & SheThePeople #RingtheBell for equality this Women’s Day (via She the People TV)
  • UN Women events commemorating International Women’s Day 2016 (via Big News Network.com)
  • Women in ETFs Ring Bats Closing Bell To Kick Off International Women’s Day Celebrations -WE To “Ring The Bell For Gender Equality” (via Mondo Visione)
  • Women in ETFs and Five Partner Organizations Ring the Bell for Gender Equality (via Nasdaq)
  • Women In ETFs And Five Partner Organizations Ring The Bell For Gender Equality At 34 Stock Exchanges Around The World (via Mondo Visione)
  • Women in ETFs to Ring Stock Exchange Bells on International Women’s Day (via ETF Trends)
  • 8 Marzo: “Ring the Bell” for Gender Equality (via Borsa Italiana, in Italian)

About the SSE

​The SSE initiative is a UN Partnership Programme organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, UNEP FI and the PRI. The SSE’s mission is to provide a global platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, companies (issuers), regulators, policymakers and relevant international organizations, can enhance performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SSE seeks to achieve this mission through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical assistance and advisory services.