Ring the Bell for Gender Equality 2019

Published by: The WFE Focus Team Mar 2019

For the fifth year running, the WFE partnered with the IFC, Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, UN Global Compact, UN Women and Women in ETFs to promote and raise awareness about the ‘Ring the Bell for Gender Equality’ initiative. This event saw 85 exchanges around the world ring their opening or closing bells to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, which was celebrated on Friday 8 March 2019. As part of this worldwide event, the partners and participants highlighted the business case for women’s economic empowerment and the opportunities for the private sector to advance gender equality and sustainable development.

  • BSE 

  • Nairobi Securities Exchange 

  • Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

  • The Nigerian Stock Exchange 

  • B3 

  • Borsa Istanbul

    The UN Women’s theme for International Women’s Day 2019 was ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’. The theme focused on innovative ways in which the private sector can advance gender equality and women’s empowerment, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure.

    In addition to the bell ringing events, the six bell ringing partner organisations applauded the work done to date, and encouraged exchanges to take further action to improve gender equality in their markets. Recommended actions included signing the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs); promoting gender equality in the workforce; introducing gender equality standards and supporting gender-equality themed investment products; providing guidance, training, mentoring, and education to market participants on gender equality and the role of gender diversity in business performance; and encouraging or requiring listed companies to publicly report on relevant gender metrics.

    In March 2018, a record 65 exchanges rang their bells for gender equality, and this year saw that number rise even higher with 85 exchanges confirming their participation, including many WFE members.

    WFE members that participated this year:

    Country
    Stock Exchange
    Date of Event
    Australia
    Australian Securities Exchange
    8th March
    Bahrain
    Bahrain Bourse
    14th March
    Bangladesh
    Dhaka Stock Exchange
    12th March
    Brazil
    B3
    8th March
    Canada
    TMX 8th March
    Chile
    Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago
    21st March
    Colombia
    Bolsa de Valores de Colombia
    16th May
    Denmark
    Nasdaq Copenhagen
    8th March
    Egypt
    The Egyptian Exchange 4th March
    Finland
    Nasdaq Helsinki
    8th March
    Germany
    Deutsche Börse
    8th March
    Greece
    Athens Stock Exchange
    8th March
    HK
    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
    8th March
    Iceland
    Nasdaq Iceland
    8th March
    India
    National Stock Exchange of India
    8th March
    Indonesia
    Indonesia Stock Exchange
    13th March
    Israel
    Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
    3rd March
    Italy
    Borsa Italiana
    8th March
    Japan
    Japan Exchange Group
    8th March
    Kazakhstan
    Kazakhstan Stock Exchange
    7th March
    Kenya
    Nairobi Securities Exchange
    8th March
    Kuwait
    Boursa Kuwait
    7th March
    Latvia
    Nasdaq Riga
    8th March
    Lithuania
    Nasdaq Vilnius
    8th March
    Luxembourg
    Luxembourg Stock Exchange
    8th March
    Malaysia
    Bursa Malaysia
    14th March
    Mexico
    Bolsa Mexicana de Valores
    8th March
    Morocco
    Casablanca Stock Exchange
    8th March
    Nigeria
    The Nigerian Stock Exchange
    8th March
    Norway
    Oslo Bors
    8th March
    Palestine
    Palestine Exchange
    11th March
    Peru
    Bolsa de Valores de Lima
    12th March
    Philippines
    Philippine Stock Exchange
    8th March
    Qatar
    Qatar Stock Exchange
    10th March
    Russia
    Moscow Exchange 
    12th March
    Saudi Arabia
    Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul)
    7th March
    Singapore
    Singapore Exchange
    5th March
    South Africa
    Johannesburg Stock Exchange
    8th March
    Spain
    Bolsas y Mercados Españoles
    8th March
    Sri Lanka
    Colombo Stock Exchange
    7th March
    Sweden
    Nasdaq Stockholm
    8th March
    Switzerland
    SIX Swiss Exchange
    8th March
    Tanzania
    Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange PLC
    8th March
    Tunisia
    Tunis Stock Exchange
    8th March
    Turkey
    Borsa Istanbul
    8th March
    UK
    London Stock Exchange
    12th March
    United Arab Emirates
    Dubai Financial Market
    8th March
    US
    Cboe
    8th March
    US
    Nasdaq
    7th March
    US
    NYSE
    5th March


    For more information about Ring the Bell for Gender Equality 2019, read our full press release here