2023 Ring the Bell for Gender Equality

8 Mar, 2023

For more information, please contact the SSE team.

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.

Photo Gallery


MarketExchangeEventOpening or Closing BellDate
ArgentinaBolsa de Comercio de RosarioPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-15
ArgentinaBolsas y Mercados Argentinos S.A. (BYMA)VirtualOpening Bell2023-03-10
ArgentinaMatba Rofex S.A.PhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
ArmeniaArmenia Securities Exchange (AMX)PhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-02
AustraliaAustralian Securities Exchange (ASX)PhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
AustraliaCboe AustraliaPhysicalOther2023-03-08
AustriaWiener Börse AGPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
AzerbaijanBaku Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-07
BahrainBahrain BoursePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-06
BangladeshChittagong Stock Exchange PLC OtherOtherBetween 6-16 March
BangladeshDhaka Stock Exchange LimitedVirtualOpening Bell2023-03-08
BelarusBelarusian Currency and Stock ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2023-03-07
BelgiumEuronext BrusselsPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
BermudaBermuda Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)Bolsa Boliviana de ValoresHybridClosing Bell2023-03-08
BotswanaBotswana Stock ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2023-03-08
BrazilB3 - Brasil Bolsa BalcãoTBCTBCTBC
BulgariaBulgarian Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
CameroonBourse des Valeurs Mobilières de l'Afrique Centrale (BVMAC)OtherOther2023-03-08
CanadaNEO Exchange - a Cboe Global Markets CompanyVirtualOpening Bell2023-03-08
CanadaTSXPhysicalClosing Bell2023-03-08
ChileSantiago ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2023-03-08
ChinaHong Kong Exchanges and Clearing LimitedPhysicalClosing Bell2023-03-08
ChinaShanghai Stock ExchangePhysicalOther2023-03-08
ColombiaBolsa de Valores de ColombiaHybridOpening Bell2023-03-08
Costa RicaBolsa Nacional de Valores de Costa Rica HybridClosing Bell2023-03-15
Côte D'IvoireBourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières S.A. (BRVM)HybridOpening Bell2023-03-08
CroatiaZagreb Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
DenmarkNasdaq CopenhagenOtherOpening Bell2023-03-08
Dominican RepublicBolsa y Mercados de Valores de la República DominicanaPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
EcuadorBolsa de Valores de QuitoHybridOpening Bell2023-03-14
EgyptEgyptian Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
El SalvadorBolsa de Valores de El SalvadorHybridOpening Bell2023-03-29
FinlandNasdaq HelsinkiPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
FranceEuronext ParisPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
GeorgiaGeorgian Stock ExchangeTBCTBCTBC
GermanyBörse FrankfurtPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
GhanaGhana Stock ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2023-03-08
GreeceAthens Exchange GroupPhysicalClosing Bell2023-03-08
GuatemalaBolsa de Valores Nacional S.A.PhysicalOpening BellTBC
HondurasBolsa Centroamericana de Valores, S.A.HybridClosing Bell2023-03-08
IcelandNasdaq IcelandPhysicalOpening BellTBC
IndiaBSE (Bombay Stock Exchange)PhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-06
IndiaNational Stock Exchange of India LimitedPhysicalClosing Bell2023-03-08
IndonesiaIndonesia Stock ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2023-03-08
IraqIraq Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
IrelandEuronext DublinPhysicalClosing Bell2023-03-08
IsraelTel Aviv Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
ItalyEuronext | Borsa ItalianaPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
JamaicaJamaica Stock ExchangePhysicalOther2023-03-08
JapanJapan Exchange GroupOtherOther2023-03-08
JordanAmman Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
KazakhstanAstana International ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2023-03-02
KazakhstanKazakhstan Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-06
KenyaNairobi Securities ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
KuwaitBoursa KuwaitHybridClosing Bell2023-03-08
KyrgyzstanKyrgyz Stock Exchange PhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-07
LithuaniaNasdaq VilniusPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
LuxembourgLuxembourg Stock ExchangeHybridOther2023-03-08
MalaysiaBursa Malaysia BhdPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
MaltaMalta Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
MexicoBolsa Institucional de Valores (BIVA)HybridOpening Bell2023-03-07
MexicoBolsa Mexicana de ValoresPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
MongoliaMongolian Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell7 – 9 March
MongoliaUlaanbaatar Securities ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-09
MoroccoBourse de CasablancaPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
NamibiaNamibian Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
NepalNepal Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-09
NetherlandsEuronext AmsterdamPhysicalOpening and Closing 2023-03-08
New ZealandNZX LimitedPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
NigeriaFMDQ GroupPhysicalOther2023-03-08
NigeriaNigerian Exchange GroupHybridClosing Bell2023-03-08
North MacedoniaMacedonian Stock ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2023-03-08
NorwayEuronext | Oslo Børs PhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
OmanMuscat Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
PakistanPakistan Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
PanamaLatin American Stock Exchange (Latinex)PhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
ParaguayBolsa de Valores y Productos de Asunción S.A.HybridOpening Bell2023-03-08
PeruLima Stock ExchangeHybridClosing BellTBC
PhilippinesThe Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc.HybridOpening Bell2023-03-08
PolandWarsaw Stock ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2023-03-08
PortugalEuronext LisbonPhysicalClosing Bell2023-03-08
QatarQatar Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
Republic of KoreaKorea ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-10
RomaniaBucharest Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-09
Russian FederationMoscow ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-02
RwandaRwanda Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening BellTBC
Saudi ArabiaSaudi Tadawul GroupPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
SerbiaBelgrade Stock ExchangeTBCTBCTBC
SingaporeSingapore Exchange LimitedPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
SloveniaLjubljana Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
SomaliaSomali Stock ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2023-03-09
South AfricaJohannesburg Stock ExchangeTBCTBCTBC
South AfricaThe Cape Town Stock ExchangePhysicalClosing Bell2023-03-08
SpainBMEPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
Sri LankaColombo Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-07
SwitzerlandSIX GroupPhysicalClosing Bell2023-03-08
TajikistanCentral Asian Stock ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2023-03-17
ThailandThe Stock Exchange of ThailandPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-09
Trinidad and TobagoThe Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange LimitedPhysicalOpening BellTBC
TunisiaTunis Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi Securities ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
United Arab EmiratesDubai Financial MarketVirtualOpening Bell2023-03-08
United Arab EmiratesDubai Gold and Commodities ExchangeOtherOpening Bell2023-03-08
UgandaUganda Securities ExchangeHybridClosing Bell2023-03-10
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandAquis ExchangePhysicalClosing Bell2023-03-08
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandLondon Metal ExchangePhysicalOther2023-03-08
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandLondon Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
United Republic of TanzaniaDar Es Salaam Stock Exchange PlcPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
United States of AmericaCboe Global MarketsPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
United States of AmericaCME GroupOtherOther2023-03-08
United States of AmericaMIAX Exchange GroupHybridOpening Bell2023-03-08
United States of AmericaNasdaqPhysicalOpening Bell2023-03-08
United States of AmericaNew York Stock ExchangePhysicalClosing BellTBC
UruguayBolsa de Valores de Montevideo S.A.HybridOpening Bell6-10 March
Viet NamHochiminh Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening BellTBC
ZimbabweZimbabwe Stock ExchangeVirtualOpening Bell2023-03-08

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


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

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.