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CORRECTED: UN Global Compact joins partners to ring the bell for gender equality at


New York, NY, March 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CORRECTION: In the original version of this announcement issued earlier today, the locations of a number of stock exchanges were incorrectly listed. Please find an updated and corrected list of participating exchanges and organizations below. Please also note the total number has increased to 105.

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 2 March 2021 — For the seventh consecutive year, the UN Global Compact will participate in Ring the Bell for Gender Equality — a collaboration of stock exchanges around the world ringing opening or closing bells to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March and promote the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). 

The initiative is a partnership between the UN Global Compact, IFCSustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) InitiativeUN Women, the World Federation of Exchanges and Women in ETFs to draw attention to women’s economic empowerment, and the opportunities for the private sector to advance gender equality and sustainable development.

Stock exchanges around the world are working with investors and businesses to take practical action to advance gender equality through listing requirements, voluntary guidance documents, investment products, internal policies and training and awareness raising. In March 2020, 77 exchanges rang their bells for gender equality. This year more than 100 stock exchanges are participating in the initiative and local partners are hosting virtual events around the world where in-person ringings are not safe due to the ongoing pandemic.

Ring the Bell for Gender Equality events around the world encourage participants to scale-up efforts to achieve gender equality in their markets, industries and organizations by adopting and implementing the Women’s Empowerment Principles. A joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women, the WEPs provide a holistic roadmap to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Private sector, civil society, Governments and the UN are working together to achieve gender equality targets and the other Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Commenting on the initiative, Sanda Ojiambo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact said: “The Covid-19 pandemic risks reversing progress towards greater gender equality. I hope this year’s Ring the Bell for Gender Equality reminds business leaders that gender equality is a key driver of financial success and must be central to our efforts to build back better from this difficult time.”

 

This year, UN Women’s theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls’. This theme directly aligns with the work of the UN Global Compact on gender including the WEPs , which more than 4,500 CEOs have signed, as well as a successful first year of the Target Gender Equality accelerator programme. 

For more information, contact media@unglobalcompact.org

Here is a list of participating exchanges and organisations:

 

Exchange/Organisation Date of Event
Bolsas y Mercados Argentinos (BYMA) 11-Mar
Armenia Securities Exchange TBD
Australian Securities Exchange 08-Mar
Chi-X Australia TBD
Sydney Stock Exchange 04-Mar
Wiener Börse 08-Mar
Baku Stock Exchange 09-Mar
Bahrain Bourse 08-Mar
Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd 14-Mar
Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange 05-Mar
Euronext Brussels 08-Mar
Banja Luka Stock Exchange TBD
Botswana Stock Exchange 08-Mar
B3 – Brasil Bolsa Balcão 08-Mar
Bulgarian Stock Exchange 08-Mar
NEO Exchange 08-Mar
Toronto Stock Exchange 12-Mar
Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago 09-Mar
Shanghai Stock Exchange 08-Mar
Shenzhen Stock Exchange 05-Mar
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing 08-Mar (TBC)
Taipei Exchange TBD
Taiwan Stock Exchange Corp.



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