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WE GLOBAL | 2018 Global Bell Ringings

  4th Annual Women in ETFs Global Bell Ringings  

For the 4th year, 65 stock exchanges around the world collaborated to “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” in celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 (March 8th).

The events are a partnership between, Women in ETFs, UN Global Compact, UN Women, Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, IFC, and the World Federation of Exchanges to raise awareness about the business case for women’s economic empowerment and the opportunities for the private sector to advance gender equality and sustainable development.

As part of the events, participants were encouraged to make commitments to improve gender equality in their markets, such as signing the Women’s Empowerment Principles, improving diversity in senior management and on boards, developing more gender-friendly policies, developing a gender-themed investment product, or improving transparency on gender policies and practices.

Out of the 65 bell ringing celebrations that took place globally from March 5th - 27th, Women in ETFs was the lead partner on 18 events. These Bell Ringing events welcomed WE leadership teams, corporate sponsors, and members, with host speakers presenting the business case for women’s economic empowerment.

Click HERE to view photos and videos from the WE-led Bell Ringing events.

Exchanges highlighted in blue below are bell ringings where Women in ETFs is the lead partner.
Argentina Buenos Aires Stock Exchange 7-Mar-18 Opening
Australia Australian Securities Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening 
Bangladesh Dhaka Stock Exchange 12-Mar-18 Opening
Belgium Euronext Brussels 8-Mar-18 Opening
Botswana Botswana Stock Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening
Brazil BM&FBOVESPA 8-Mar-18 Opening
Canada Aequitas NEO Exchange 8-Mar-18 Closing
Canada Toronto Stock Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening
Chile Bolsa de Valores de Santiago 27-Mar-18 Opening
Colombia Bolsa de Valores de Colombia 9-Mar-18 Opening
Croatia Zagreb Stock Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening
Denmark Nasdaq Copenhagen 8-Mar-18 Opening
Egypt Egyptian Exchange 5-Mar-18 Opening
Estonia  Nasdaq Tallinn  8-Mar-18  Opening 
Ethiopia Ethiopia Commodity Exchange 9-Mar-18 Opening
Fiji South Pacific Stock Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening
Finland Nasdaq Nordic 8-Mar-18 Opening
France Euronext Paris 9-Mar-18 Opening
Georgia Georgian Stock Exchange 7-Mar-18 Opening
Germany Deutsche Börse 9-Mar-18 Closing
Hong Kong Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing 8-Mar-18 Opening
Iceland  Nasdaq Iceland  8-Mar-18 Opening
India Bombay Stock Exchanges 8-Mar-18  
Ireland Irish Stock Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening
Israel Tel Aviv Stock Exchange  8-Mar-18  Opening 
Italy Borsa Italiana 8-Mar-18 Opening
Japan Tokyo Stock Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening
Jordan Amman Stock Exchange 12-Mar-18 Opening
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Stock Exchange 7-Mar-18
Kenya Nairobi Securities Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening
Kuwait  Kuwait Stock Exchange     
Latvia  Nasdaq Riga 8-Mar-18 Opening
Lithuania  Nasdaq Vilnius 8-Mar-18 Opening
Luxembourg Luxembourg Stock Exchange  9-Mar-18  
Mongolia Mongolian Stock Exchange 7-Mar-18 Opening
Morocco Casablanca Stock Exchange 8-Mar-18
Myanmar Yangon Stock Exchange 9-Mar-18 Closing
Netherlands Euronext Amsterdam 8-Mar-18 Opening
Nigeria  Nigerian Stock Exchange  8-Mar-18  Closing
Pakistan Pakistan Stock Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening
Panama Bolsa de Panama 9-Mar-18 Opening
Peru Bolsa de Valores de Lima 8-Mar-18 Opening
Philippines Philippine Stock Exchange 8-Mar-18 Closing
Poland Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) 12-Mar-18 Closing
Portugal Euronext Lisbon 8-Mar-18 Closing
Qatar Qatar Stock Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening
Romania Bucharest Stock Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening
Russia  Moscow Stock Exchange 7-Mar-18   
Rwanda Rwanda Stock Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening
Singapore Singapore Exchange 8-Mar-18 Closing
South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening
Spain Bolsas y Mercados Espanoles 8-Mar-18 Opening
Sri Lanka Colombo Stock Exchange 7-Mar-18 Opening
Sweden  Stockholm Stock Exchange  8-Mar-18  Closing
Switzerland SIX Swiss Exchange 8-Mar-18 Opening
Tanzania Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange PLC 8-Mar-18 Opening
Thailand Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) 8-Mar-18 Opening
Uganda Uganda Securities Exchange 13-Mar-18 Opening
United Arab Emirates  Dubai Financial Market 11-Mar-18 
United Kingdom London Stock Exchange 12-Mar-18 Opening
United States CBOE/BATS 13-Mar-18 Closing
United States IEX 9-Mar-18 Closing
United States Nasdaq 7-Mar-18 Closing
United States NYSE 9-Mar-18 Closing
Women in ETFs
Women in ETFs is the first women’s group for the ETF industry. Founded in January 2014, WE is a non-profit organization that brings together over 4,000 members, including women and men, in chapters in major financial centers across the United States, Canada, EMEA and Asia Pacific to further the careers of women by leveraging our collective skill and ambition.

WE seek to: 1. CONNECT: Create opportunities for professional advancement of women by expanding connections among women and men in the ETF industry, 2. SUPPORT: Offer guidance for the current and next generation of women in ETFs and 3. INSPIRE: WE achieves this by organizing events at our chapters globally that support our goals of education, networking, philanthropy and idea sharing across the industry and beyond. For more information, visit: to learn more, join, or sponsor. Follow us on Twitter @WomeninETFs and on LinkedIn.
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @IFC_org.
Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative
The SSE is a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how exchanges—in collaboration with investors, regulators, and companies—can encourage sustainable investment and enhance corporate transparency, and ultimately performance, on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues. The SSE is convened by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). For more information on specific exchanges’ sustainability efforts, how to become a Partner Stock Exchange, and further opportunities to advance the integration of sustainability within capital markets, visit Follow us on Twitter: @sseinitiative.
UN Global Compact
The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Global Compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate practices. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 8,000 companies and 4,000 non-business signatories based in over 170 countries, and more than 85 Local Networks. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @globalcompact.
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 implement these standards. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality. For more information, visit
World Federation of Exchanges (WFE)
Established in 1961, the WFE is the global industry association for exchanges and clearing houses. The WFE is the definitive source for exchange-traded statistics and publishes over 350 market data indicators. WFE exchanges are home to nearly 45,000 listed companies. The WFE promotes the development of fair, efficient and transparent markets. It works with policy makers, regulators and standard-setters around the world to support the development of effective rules and standards for exchanges and market participants. For more information, please visit: