Friday 8 March 2019, London – The World Federation of Exchanges ("WFE"), the global industry group for exchanges and CCPs, is pleased to confirm that its member exchanges are taking part in the fifth annual 'Ring the Bell for Gender Equality' initiative.

For the fifth consecutive year, a global collaboration across 85 exchanges around the world plan to ring opening or closing bells to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 (Friday 8 March 2019).

The events are a partnership between IFC, Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, UN Global Compact,UN Women, the World Federation of Exchanges and Women in ETFs, 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 six bell ringing partner organisations applaud the work done to date, and encourage 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 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 looks set to be even bigger, with 85 exchanges confirmed as taking part.

Nandini Sukumar, CEO, WFE said: “We are pleased so many WFE members are participating in this important initiative, which has gone from strength to strength over the past five years. We are proud to raise awareness about this essential social and economic issue, both within the financial sector, and on a wider, global scale.”

Exchanges taking part this year:

Country
Stock Exchange
Date of Event
Opening/Closing
Argentina
Bolsas y Mercados Argentinos (BYMA)
12th March
Opening
Armenia
Armenia Securities Exchange
12th March
Opening
Australia
Australian Securities Exchange
8th March
Opening
Bahrain
Bahrain Bourse
14th March
TBC
Bangladesh
Chittagong Stock Exchange
7th March

Bangladesh
Dhaka Stock Exchange
12th March
Opening
Belgium
Euronext Brussels
8th March
Opening
Belarus
Belarusian currency and stock exchange
7th March
Opening
Brazil
B3
8th March
Opening
Canada
Aequitas NEO Exchange
8th March
Opening
Canada
TMX
8th March
Opening
Chile
Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago
21st March
TBC
Colombia
Bolsa de Valores de Colombia
16th May
Opening
Costa Rica
Bolsa Nacional de Valores
11th March
Closing
Croatia
Zagreb Stock Exchange
8th March

Denmark
Nasdaq Copenhagen
8th March
Opening
Dominican Republic
Bolsa de Valores de la República Dominicana
15th March
Closing
Egypt
The Egyptian Exchange  4th March
Opening
Estonia
Nasdaq Tallinn
8th March
Opening
Ethiopia
Ethiopia Stock Exchange
6th March
Closing
Fiji
South Pacific Stock Exchange
8th March
Opening
Finland
Nasdaq Helsinki
8th March
Opening
France
Euronext Paris
8th March
Opening
Georgia
Georgian Stock Exchange
12th March
Closing
Germany
Deutsche Börse
8th March
Opening
Greece
Athens Stock Exchange
8th March

HK
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
8th March
Opening
Iceland
Nasdaq Iceland
8th March
Opening
India
Bombay Stock Exchange
8th March
Closing
India
National Stock Exchange of India
8th March
Closing
Indonesia
Indonesia Stock Exchange
13th March
TBC
Iraq
Iraq Stock Exchange
10th March
Opening
Ireland
Euronext Dublin
8th March
Opening
Israel
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
3rd March
Opening
Italy
Borsa Italiana
8th March
Opening
Jamaica
Jamaica Stock Exchange
8th March
Opening
Japan
Japan Exchange Group
8th March
Opening
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Stock Exchange
7th March
Closing
Kenya
Nairobi Securities Exchange
8th March
Opening
Kuwait
Boursa Kuwait
7th March
Closing
Latvia
Nasdaq Riga
8th March
Opening
Lebanon
Beirut Stock Exchange
7th March
Closing
Lithuania
Nasdaq Vilnius
8th March
Opening
Luxembourg
Luxembourg Stock Exchange
8th March

Malaysia
Bursa Malaysia
14th March
Opening
Mexico
Bolsa Mexicana de Valores
8th March
Opening
Mongolia
Mongolian Stock Exchange
7th March
Opening
Morocco
Casablanca Stock Exchange
8th March
Opening
Myanmar
Yangon Stock Exchange
8th March
Closing
Nepal
Nepal Stock Exchange Limited
8th March

Netherlands
Euronext Amsterdam
8th March
Opening
Nigeria
The Nigerian Stock Exchange
8th March
Closing
Norway
Oslo Bors
8th March

Pakistan
Pakistan Stock Exchange
8th March
Opening
Palestine
Palestine Exchange
11th March
TBC
Panama
Bolsa de Panama
15th March
TBC
Peru
Bolsa de Valores de Lima
12th March
Opening
Philippines
Philippine Stock Exchange
8th March
Closing
Poland
Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE)
8th March
Opening
Portugal
Euronext Lisbon
8th March

Qatar
Qatar Stock Exchange
10th March
Opening
Regional*
BRVM Stock Exchange
8th March
Opening
Romania
Bucharest Stock Exchange
8th March
Opening
Russia
Moscow Exchange
12th March
Opening
Rwanda
Rwanda Stock Exchange
10th March
Opening
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul)
7th March

Serbia
Belgrade Stock Exchange
14th March
TBC
Singapore
Singapore Exchange
5th March
Closing
Slovenia
Ljubljana Stock Exchange
8th March

South Africa
Johannesburg Stock Exchange
8th March
Opening
Spain
Bolsas y Mercados Españoles
8th March

Sri Lanka
Colombo Stock Exchange
7th March

Sweden
Nasdaq Stockholm
8th March
Opening
Switzerland
SIX Swiss Exchange
8th March
Opening
Tanzania
Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange PLC
8th March

Tunisia
Tunis Stock Exchange
8th March

Turkey
Borsa Istanbul
8th March
Opening
Uganda
Uganda Securities Exchange
w/c 17th March
TBC
UK
London Stock Exchange
12th March
Opening
United Arab Emirates
Dubai Financial Market
8th March
Opening
US
Cboe
8th March
Opening
US
IEX
8th March
Opening
US
Nasdaq
7th March
Closing
US
NYSE
5th March
Opening
Yemen
Yemen Stock Exchange
14th March
Opening


About the Partner Organizations:

The World Federation of Exchanges 

Established in 1961, the WFE is the global industry association for exchanges and clearing houses. Headquartered in London, it represents over 250 market infrastructure providers, including standalone CCPs that are not part of exchange groups. Of our members, 37% are in Asia-Pacific, 43% in EMEA and 20% in the Americas. WFE exchanges are home to nearly 48,000 listed companies, and the market capitalisation of these entities is over $70.2 trillion; around $95 trillion (EOB) in trading annually passes through the infrastructures WFE members safeguard (at end 2018). The WFE is the definitive source for exchange-traded statistics, and publishes over 350 market data indicators. Its free statistics database stretches back more than 40 years, and provides information and insight into developments on global exchanges. The WFE works with standard-setters, policy makers, regulators and government organisations around the world to support and promote the development of fair, transparent, stable and efficient markets. The WFE shares regulatory authorities’ goals of ensuring the safety and soundness of the global financial system. With extensive experience of developing and enforcing high standards of conduct, the WFE and its members support an orderly, secure, fair and transparent environment for investors; for companies that raise capital; and for all who deal with financial risk. We seek outcomes that maximise the common good, consumer confidence and economic growth. And we engage with policy makers and regulators in an open, collaborative way, reflecting the central, public role that exchanges and CCPs play in a globally integrated financial system. Follow us on Twitter @TheWFE and LinkedIn: The World Federation of Exchanges 

IFC

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 fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to help end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org. Follow us on Twitter: @IFC_org

The Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative

The SSE initiative is a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, regulators, and companies, can enhance corporate transparency - and ultimately performance - on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment. The SSE initiative is convened by four organizations - 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). To learn more about becoming a Partner Stock Exchange or participating as a regulator or investor, visit sseinitiative.org Follow us on Twitter: @sseinitiative

United Nations Global Compact

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the mandate of the UN Global Compact is to guide and support the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 70 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world. For more information, follow @globalcompact on social media and visit our website at www.unglobalcompact.org.

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 ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities: Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems; Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy; All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence; Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality. Learn more at: http://www.unwomen.org and https://www.empowerwomen.org/en/weps/about. Follow us on Twitter @UN_Women @Empower_Women and on LinkedIn: UN Women

Women in ETFs (WE)

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: 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: www.womeninetfs.com to learn more, join, or sponsor. Follow us on Twitter: @WomeninETFs and on Linkedin: Women in ETFs



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Anna Watson
Head of Communications, The World Federation of Exchanges
Email: awatson@world-exchanges.org
Phone: +44 20 7151 4137 / +44 7850 287 685
Twitter: @TheWFE