Ring the Bell for Gender Equality 2021 | Virtual

Ring the Bell for Gender Equality 2021 | Virtual

? 8 March

In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March 2021), the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative is pleased to announce the continuation of stock exchanges around the world hosting a bell-ringing ceremony to raise awareness for gender equality.

The SSE is working alongside the UN Global Compact, UN Women, International Finance Corporation: IFC, World Federation of Exchanges, and Women in ETFs (the “Global Partners”) for the 7th consecutive year to organise the “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” initiative.

This year, the UN Women’s theme for International Women’s Day 2021 – “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” celebrates the tremendous efforts of women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Women leaders and women’s organizations have demonstrated their skills, knowledge, and networks to effectively lead in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Today there is more recognition than ever before that women bring different experiences, perspectives, and skills to the table, and make irreplaceable contributions to decisions, policies, and laws that work better for all.


  • Raise awareness of the importance of private sector action to advance gender equality, and showcase existing examples to empower women in the workplace, marketplace, and community.
  • Convene business leaders, investors, government, civil society, and other key partners at the country- and regional level to highlight the business case for gender equality.
  • Encourage business to take action to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promote uptake of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)
  • Highlight how exchanges can help advance the SDGs by promoting gender equality

Original source: SSE