2017 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
WE AND PARTNER THEME: WOMEN AT WORK
Representatives of Ring the Bell for Gender Equality partners, including Women in ETFs Canadian Chapter Co-Head, Deborah Frame, joined Jos Schmitt - President and Chief Executive Officer, NEO Exchange - to open the NEO market in celebration of the day. The Honorable Charles Sousa – Ontario’s Minister of Finance, Som Seif - Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Purpose Investments, Carrie Kirkman - Chair, G(irls)20 and Mariefaye Bechrakis - Human Rights and Gender Equality Consultant, UN Global Compact, also participated in the panel discussion.
The event, organized by Women in ETFs and UN Women, focused on the theme “Women at Work”. The panel discussion was moderated by Jos Schmitt, with a focus on empowering women in the workforce, dissecting current barriers to gender equality and enabling private sector solutions.
Building on NEO’s existing commitments as part of the Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative, NEO was pleased to purchase 500 non-trading shares of G(irls)20 ‘stock’, representing an investment in girls and young women via education, entrepreneurship and global experiences. Carrie Kirkman accepted the cheque for $5,000 on behalf of G(irls)20, a Canadian-based globally active organization that exists to cultivate a new generation of female leaders.
“Female leadership has shown to improve performance metrics while reducing volatility,” said Carrie Kirkman, Chair, G(irls)20. "G20 leaders have previously acknowledged this fact, recognizing the economic benefit of investing in girls and women and the impact they can have on global growth. While we are dedicated to placing girls and young women in the career pipeline, we cannot do it alone. Thank you to NEO and all of our valuable partnerships that allow us to execute our impactful programs around the world."
Following the discussion, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered an address that reinforced the importance of collaboration between government and the private sector to develop and support initiatives aimed at driving gender diversity today and into the future.
Now in its third iteration, the event series is a partnership of Women in ETFs and UN Women, together with the Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative, UN Global Compact, the IFC and the World Federation of Exchanges. The market open ceremonies raise awareness about the opportunities for the private sector to advance gender equality and sustainable development.