Report Launch Webinar – How Exchanges Can Advance Gender Equality

8 Mar, 2022

For more information, please contact the SSE team.

The official launch took place on 8 March 2022 from 16:00-17:00 Geneva time (Central European Time) / 10:00-11:00 New York time.  

The one-hour webinar walked participants through the new report and feature an interactive discussion from exchanges and gender equality experts. Whether viewed narrowly through the lens of the business case or more broadly as a basic human right, gender equality is a key item on the international agenda and there is a general recognition that exchanges play an important role in driving progress toward a more equal, economically prosperous and socially cohesive society.

This new guidance assists exchanges in supporting and advancing “SDG 5 – Gender Equality” in their market and throughout their own operations. It provides an Action Menu with practical suggestions on how to make the financial ecosystem more gender-equal. 

This report is prepared in collaboration with IFC and relied on hundreds of valuable inputs made by the 71 experts from 52 organizations across 34 countries making up the SSE Gender Equality Advisory Group. Special thanks is extended to the Chair of the SSE Gender Equality Advisory Group, Dr. Marlene Street Forrest, Managing Director, Jamaica Stock Exchange. This new guidance is prepared in strategic collaboration with UN Women.

Watch the event recording below:

Keynote speakers

  • James Zhan
    Director, Investment & Enterprise; Chair, SSE Governing Board
  • Anna Falth
    Head of Women’s Empowerment Principles Secretariat
    UN Women
  • Denise Odaro
    Head of Investor Relations
  • Marlene Street Forrest
    Managing Director
    Jamaica Stock Exchange

Expert roundtable speakers

  • Martine Valcin
    Global Manager, ESG Advisory, Knowledge and Learning
  • Vuyo Lee
    Director, Marketing & Corporate Affairs
  • Olga Cantillo
    Latinex & FIAB
  • Evan Harvey
    Global Head of Sustainability
  • Jamie Holton
    Project Management & Research Officer
    Publish What You Fund
  • Kerrie Waring

SSE team

  • Anthony Miller
    Coordinator UN SSE initiative
  • Siobhan Cleary
    SSE Senior Specialist

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.