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WE GLOBAL | 2019 Global Bell Ringings


For the fifth consecutive year, a global collaboration across 75 stock exchanges around the world plan to ‘Ring the Bell for Gender Equality’, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 (Friday, 8 March 2019).

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.

The UN Women’s theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’.

The theme focuses 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 bell ringing partner organizations applaud the work done to date, and encourage stock exchanges to take further action to improve gender equality in their markets. Recommended actions include signing the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs); promoting gender equality in their 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 looks set to be even bigger, with more than 75 exchanges confirmed as taking part.

Aequitas NEO Exchange 8th March
Australian Securities Exchange 8th March Opening
Beirut Stock Exchange 7th March Closing
Belgrade Stock Exchange 14th March
B3 8th March Opening
Bolsa Boliviana de Valores 8th March
Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires 12th March Opening
Bolsa de Panama 15th March
Bolsa de Valores de Colombia 15th/16th March
Bolsa de Valores de Lima 12th March
Bolsa Mexicana de Valores 8th March
Bolsa Nacional de Valores 11th March Closing
Bolsas y Mercados Españoles 8th March
Borsa Italiana 8th March Opening
Boursa Kuwait 7th March Closing
BRVM Stock Exchange 8th March Opening
Bucharest Stock Exchange
Bursa Malaysia 14th March
CBOE 8th March Opening
Colombo Stock Exchange 7th March
Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange PLC 8th March
Deutsche Börse 8th March Opening
Dhaka Stock Exchange 12th March
Dubai Financial Market 6th March
Cairo Stock Exchange 4th March Opening
Ethiopia Stock Exchange 6th March Closing
Euronext Amsterdam 8th March Opening
Euronext Brussels 8th March Opening
Euronext Lisbon 8th March
Euronext Paris 8th March Opening
Georgian Stock Exchange 7th March
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing 8th March Closing
IEX 8th March
Jamaica Stock Exchange 8th March
Japan Exchange Group/Tokyo Stock Exchange 8th March Opening
Johannesburg Stock Exchange 8th March Opening
Kazakhstan Stock Exchange 7th March
Ljubljana Stock Exchange
Nigeria Stock Exchange 8th March
London Stock Exchange 12th March Opening
Luxembourg Stock Exchange 8th March
MOEX Moscow 11th/12th
Mongolian Stock Exchange
Nairobi Securities Exchange 8th March
Nasdaq Copenhagen 8th March Opening
Nasdaq Helsinki 8th March
Nasdaq Iceland
Nasdaq Stockholm 8th March Opening
Nepal Stock Exchange Limited 8th March
Oslo Bors 8th March
Palestine Exchange 11th March
Philippine Stock Exchange 8th March Closing
Qatar Stock Exchange
Rwanda Stock Exchange 10th March Opening
Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) 7th March
Singapore Exchange
SIX Swiss Exchange 8th March Opening
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange 10th March Opening
Toronto Stock Exchange 8th March Opening
Tunis Stock Exchange 8th March
Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) 8th March
Yangon Stock Exchange 8th March Closing
Zagreb Stock Exchange 8th March
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 4,500 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.
The 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.
United Nations 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.
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 implement these standards. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality. For more information, visit
The 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: