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In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March 2020), the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative is pleased to announce the continuation of stock exchanges around the world hosting a bell-ringing ceremony to raise awareness of the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing gender equality to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 5.

The UN Global CompactUN WomenSustainable Stock Exchanges InitiativeInternational Finance Corporation: IFCWorld Federation of Exchanges and Women in ETFs (the “Global Partners”) are working together for the 6th consecutive year,  following a very successful collaboration in 2019 where 85 exchanges participated in the “Ring the Bell” events.

These global ‘bell ringings’ aim to bring attention to the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing gender equality to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to raise awareness about the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). We are delighted that 10 exchanges are signatories to the WEPs as part of their commitment to promoting gender equality, with another three exchanges in the process of joining them. SSE members are also working to scale up their actions on gender equality by promoting transparency of relevant metrics, organizing trainings on board diversity, and encouraging their listed companies to sign the WEPs.

If you exchange would like to hold a Ring the Bell for Gender Equality event this year, please contact the SSE for more information and for local support from our partners.


Share Actions on Advancing Gender Equality


Stock exchanges are uniquely positioned to influence their market in a way few other actors can. Please visit our Gender Equality page to learn more.


Participating Exchanges - Ring the Bell 2020


In 2020 we had 95 exchanges planning "Ring the Bell" events. Unfortunately due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, some events had to be canceled (22 events). You can find in the table bellow all exchanges that participated in this movement to raise awareness about the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

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