For the fourth year, the United Nations has invited exchanges around the world to “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” on International Women’s Day. The goal of this initiative is to raise awareness about the business case for women’s economic empowerment and the opportunities for the private sector to advance gender quality and sustainable development.
This year, over 60 stock exchanges around the world decided to “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality.”
Nasdaq began its recognition of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 7, by hosting a half-day conference with panel discussions on on gender equality and the United Nations’ Women’s Empowerment Principles at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square.
Following the conference, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations and Executive Director, United Nations Women, rang the Closing Bell with Adena Friedman, President and CEO, Nasdaq.
Nasdaq partnered with the UN Women to host bell ceremonies to raise awareness on the importance of advancing gender equality.
Below is a round-up of all the celebrations across the Nasdaq Exchanges in Sweden, Latvia, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Lithuania, and Estonia
Nasdaq Stockholm celebrated the first Ring the Bell for Gender Equality at Nasdaq Stockholm together with Nasdaq partners Women in ETFs, the UN Global Compact, UN Women, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, IFC, and the World Federation of Stock Exchanges. This year's theme was Women Leadership in Business. At the mingle event approximately 100 prominent women business leaders from various industries and celebrities attending. The event began with remarks by Nasdaq Stockholm's President Lauri Rosendahl. Other speakers included, Ulrika Johansson, Women in ETFs and Co-Founder & CEO of Valuex Research and Margi Mataj representing UN Global Compact. The keynote was Helena Waker, CEO of Trade Partners Sweden.
Before the Opening Bell Ceremony, Daiga Auziņa-Melalksne, CEO, Nasdaq Riga, hosted a panel discussion on Why it is Important for Women to be Independent – An Entrepreneur’s, Investor’s, Manager’s, and Politician’s Perspective. The event featured a high-level panel of women speakers, including Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Minister of Finance, Republic of Latvia.
As Nasdaq Iceland has worked on equality matters very overtly, guests included those who have partnered with them in support of these issues -- such as UN Global Compact representatives in Iceland and Capacent Iceland representatives that are developing the Gender Equality Road Map -- as well as Iceland’s first female ambassador abroad. Guests also included a group of newly graduated diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. President, Nasdaq Iceland, Pall Hardarson, hosted the Opening Bell at Nasdaq Iceland.
Nasdaq Helsinki had invited Pia Henrietta Kekäläinen, a well-known young and female entrepreneur, to give her advice to the members of the new Young Shareholders’ Association. They rang the bell together.
Louise Fredbo-Nielsen, Author and Futurist; Tine Roed, Director, Dansk Industri; and Carsten Borring, AVP, Global Listing Services, Nasdaq, co-hosted the Opening Bell. Sara Krüger Falk, CEO, UN Global Compact Denmark, also attended the event as well as members of the female investor organization KvindeØkonomien.
In connection with the Opening Bell Ceremony, Arminta Saladžienė, CEO, Nasdaq Vilnius Services, co-hosted prominent politicians to participate in an informal discussion on the subject of women’s empowerment from the Vilnius office. The event was hosted in collaboration with the association Lydere, an organization set up to encourage women‘s leadership.
Nasdaq Tallinn hosted hosted an Opening Bell ceremony for the members of the Estonian Women's Investment Club. Kristi Saare, the Chairman of the Club and her daughter, Elis, rang the bell.
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