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 80 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
Toronto Stock Exchange
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
Cairo Stock 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
Nigeria 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
MOEX Moscow
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



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Email: awatson@world-exchanges.org
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