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In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March 2023), 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 for gender equality.

The SSE is working alongside the UN Global CompactUN WomenInternational Finance Corporation: IFC and World Federation of Exchanges (the “Global Partners”) for the 8th consecutive year to organise the “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” initiative.

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 encouraged by the fact that 30 exchanges, up from 10 in 2019, are now signatories to the WEPs as part of their commitment to promoting gender equality. SSE members are also working to scale up their actions on gender equality by promoting transparency of relevant metrics, organizing training on board diversity, and encouraging their listed companies to sign the WEPs.

UN Women published in August 2023 the Ring the Bell for Gender Equality 2023 report, accessible here.

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 2023

To participate please register here.

 

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Boursa Kuwait

Emmanuel Nyirinkindi Vice President, Cross-Cutting Solutions at IFC opening remarks for International Women’s Day 2023

Kyrgyz Stock Exchange

Muscat Stock Exchange

Ringing the Bell for Gender Equality Around the Globe

 

 

 

 

Press Coverage

 

Asian region: How stock exchanges can help Asia be a leader on gender equality and diversity

Austria: Wiener Börse organises a discussion on investment during the "Ring The Bell for Gender Equality" event

Bahrain: Bahrain Bourse “Rings the bell for gender equality” for the 5th consecutive year

Bangladesh: Chittagong Stock Exchange PLC (CSE) Rings the Bell for Gender Equality

Bangladesh: Women’s Day celebrated at DSE

Belarus: Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange held the annual event “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality”

Bermuda: BSX rings the Bell for Gender Equality

China : HKEX Rings The Bell For Gender Equality -International Women's Day 2023

Ghana: The Ghana Stock Exchange hosted this year’s “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” programme

India: BSE “rings the bell’ to spotlight women-led development for a sustainable future

Israel: Tel Aviv Stock Exchange celebrates International Women's Day

Jordan: ASE rings the Bell to promote women's empowerment on its international day

Kenya: Global Compact Kenya Rings the Bell at NSE to call for gender equality

Kuwait: Boursa Kuwait rings the bell for gender equality for the 6th consecutive year

Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyz Stock Exchange Opens the Ring the Bell for Gender Equality event

Morocco: Bourse de Casablanca rings the Bell for Gender Equality

Nigeria: NGX Group, Stakeholders Harp On Gender Equity

Paraguay: Ring the Bell: BVA se suma al llamado del empoderamiento femenino

Qatar: Qatar Stock Exchange Celebrates International Women's Day

Russian Federation: MOEX Rings The Bell For Gender Equality

Rwanda: Rwanda rings the bell to highlight business case for gender equality in the private sector

South Africa: JSE Rings The Bell For Gender Equality Marking International Women’s Day

Sri Lanka: IFC and CSE Ring the Bell for Gender Equality with 13 Top Sri Lankan Companies Pledging to Increase Women’s Corporate Leadership

Spain: Spanish Stock Exchange opens the session with a Ringing of the Bell for Gender Equality

Tunisia: Bourse des Valeurs Mobilières de Tunis held the Ring the Bell for Gender Equality Ceremony

United States of America: Nasdaq: International Women’s Day 2023: Leading Through Adversity

 

Actions/Launches

 

BIVA: IFC signed on to the “Equal Pay Commitment” initiative, along with 52 Mexican financial institutions, pledging to close gender wage gaps and ensure equal pay for equal work.

BSE : “FinEMPOWER” – Empowering Women towards Financial Security

Colombo Stock Exchange: Top Sri Lankan companies pledge to increase women’s representation in corporate leadership

KRX: KRX plans for this to be the first year to establish ESG practices in their operations, particularly in regard to gender diversity, equity, and inclusion

PNGX: The Papua New Guinea stock exchange launched its new Corporate Governance Code that includes comprehensive coverage of gender equality issues

 

About the Ring the Bell initiative

The “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” annual event series was first launched in 2015 by the UN SSE, UN Global Compact and UN Women, with just 7 participating exchanges. The group of global organizing partners was expanded in 2016 to involve collaborators from UN SSE, UN Global Compact, UN Women, IFC and the World Federation of Exchanges. By 2022, participation in this annual event included over 110 exchanges around the world. Beyond raising awareness for the role of women in business and finance, exchanges also support mobilizing finance for gender-equality-themed investment products, improving women’s access to financial markets and promoting greater levels of female participation in corporate board rooms. The SSE supports these efforts through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical guidelines, advisory services and training. To learn more about how the SSE supports exchanges to promote gender equality, visit our Gender Equality workstream page.

 

About our Partner Organizations:

The International Finance Corporation (IFC):

IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2020, we invested $22 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE):

Established in 1961, the WFE is the global industry association for exchanges and clearing houses. Headquartered in London, it represents over 250 market infrastructure providers. WFE exchanges are home to nearly 48,000 listed companies, and the market capitalisation of these entities is over $74.4 trillion (at end 2018). The WFE is the definitive source for exchange-traded statistics and publishes over 350 market data indicators. Its statistics database stretches back more than 40 years, and provides information and insight into developments on global exchanges. The WFE works with standard-setters, policy makers, regulators and government organisations around the world to support and promote the development of fair, transparent, stable and efficient markets. Click here to view the WFE’s website, sign up for the industry’s Focus magazine or to visit the WFE on LinkedIn. For Twitter see: @TheWFE

United Nations Global Compact:

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.  Launched in 2000, the mandate of the UN Global Compact is to guide and support the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 11,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries and 68 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.  For more information, follow @globalcompact on social media and visit their website at www.unglobalcompact.org.

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women):

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities: Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems; Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy; All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence; Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality. Learn more at: http://www.unwomen.org and www.weps.org Follow us on Twitter @UN_Women @weps.org and on LinkedIn: UN Women