2024 Ring the Bell for Gender Equality

8 Mar, 2024

For more information, please contact the SSE team.

In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March 2024), 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 10th 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 2024

To participate please register here.

MarketExchangeEventOpening or Closing BellDate
ArgentinaBolsa de Comercio de RosarioPhysicalClosing Bell2024-03-15
ArgentinaBYMA - Bolsas y Mercados ArgentinosVirtualOpening Bell2024-03-05
AustraliaCboe AustraliaPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
AustraliaAustralian Securities ExchangePhysicalClosing Bell2024-03-07
AustriaWiener Börse AGPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
AzerbaijanBaku Stock ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2024-03-07
BahrainBahrain BoursePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-06
BangladeshDhaka Stock Exchange LimitedHybridClosing BellTBD
BelarusBelarusian Currency and Stock ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2024-03-11
BelgiumEuronext BrusselsPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)Bolsa Boliviana de ValoresHybridOpening Bell2024-03-08
BotswanaBotswana Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening BellTBD
BrazilB3 - Brasil Bolsa BalcãoPhysicalClosing Bell2024-03-08
BrazilBEE4PhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-13
BulgariaBulgarian Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
CameroonBourse des Valeurs Mobilières de l'Afrique Centrale (BVMAC)OtherOther2024-03-08
CanadaToronto Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
ChinaHong Kong Exchanges and Clearing LimitedPhysicalClosing Bell2024-03-08
ChinaShenzhen Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-07
ColombiaNuam ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2024-03-07
CroatiaZagreb Stock ExchangeVirtualOpening Bell2024-03-08
DenmarkNasdaq CopenhagenPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
Dominican RepublicBolsa y Mercado de Valores de la República DominicanaPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
EcuadorBolsa de Valores de QuitoHybridOpening Bell2024-03-08
EgyptThe Egyptian ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-04
FinlandNasdaq HelsinkiPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
FranceEuronextPhysicalClosing Bell2024-03-07
GeorgiaGeorgian Stock Exchange JSC
Tbilisi Stock Exchange JSC
PhysicalClosing Bell2024-03-22
GermanyBörse Frankfurt / Deutsche BörsePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
GhanaGhana Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
GreeceAthens Stock Exchange (ATHEX)PhysicalClosing Bell2024-03-08
IcelandNasdaq IcelandPhysicalOther2024-03-08
IndiaBSE LimitedPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-07
IndiaNational Stock Exchange of IndiaPhysicalClosing Bell2024-03-07
IndonesiaIndonesia Stock ExchangePhysicalClosing Bell2024-03-14
IrelandEuronext DublinPhysicalClosing Bell2024-03-07
IsraelTel Aviv Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-07
ItalyBorsa ItalianaHybridOpening Bell2024-03-08
JapanJapan Exchange GroupOtherOther2024-03-06
JordanAmman Stock ExchangeOtherOpening Bell2024-03-07
KazakhstanKazakhstan Stock ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2024-03-06
KenyaNairobi Securities ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
KuwaitBoursa KuwaitHybridClosing Bell2024-03-07
KyrgyzstanKyrgyz Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening2024-03-05
LithuaniaNasdaq VilniusPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
LuxembourgLuxembourg Stock ExchangePhysicalOther2024-03-08
MalaysiaBursa MalaysiaPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
MexicoBolsa Mexicana de ValoresPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08 TBC
MexicoBIVA - Bolsa Institucional de Valores, S.A. de C.V.HybridOther2024-03-07
MoroccoBourse de CasablancaPhysicalOther2024-03-18
NepalNepal Stock ExchangeHybridOpening Bell2024-03-14
NetherlandsEuronext AmsterdamPhysicalOpening Bell & Closing Bell2024-03-08
New ZealandNZXPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
NigeriaFMDQ Group PLCHybridOpening Bell2024-03-04
NorwayOslo BorsPhysicalClosing Bell2024-03-08
OmanMuscat Stock Exchange (MSX)PhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-07
PakistanPakistan Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
PanamaBolsa Latinoamericana de Valores (Latinex)PhysicalOther2024-03-05
ParaguayBolsa de Valores de AsuncionPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
PhilippinesThe Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc.HybridOpening Bell2024-03-08
PortugalEuronext PortugalPhysicalClosing Bell2024-03-07
Republic of KoreaKorea ExchangeHybridOtherTBD
RomaniaBucharest Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-07
Saudi ArabiaSaudi Tadawul GroupPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
SingaporeSingapore ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
SloveniaLjubljana Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
SomaliaSomali Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-07
South AfricaJohannesburg Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-11
SpainBME Spanish ExchangesOtherOther2024-03-08
SwedenNasdaq StockholmPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
SwitzerlandSIX Swiss ExchangePhysicalClosing Bell2024-03-05
ThailandThe Stock Exchange of ThailandHybridOpening Bell2024-03-11
TunisiaTunis Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX)PhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandBermuda Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandLondon Metal ExchangeVirtualOther2024-03-07 TBC
United Republic of TanzaniaDar Es Salaam Stock Exchange PLCHybridOpening Bell2024-03-08
United States of AmericaCboe Global MarketsPhysicalClosing BellTBD
United States of AmericaCME GroupOtherOther2024-03-06
United States of AmericaMIAXHybridOpening Bell2024-03-08
United States of AmericaNasdaqPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-08
United States of AmericaNew York Stock Exchange - ICEPhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-04
VietnamHanoi Stock ExchangePhysicalOpening Bell2024-03-06

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.