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The Athens Stock Exchange Rings The Bell For Gender Equality - Friday, March 8th, 2019

Date 08/03/2019

In celebration of International Women's Day, the Athens Stocks Exchange hosted an opening bell ringing ceremony, as part of a global collaboration across 85 stock exchanges that planned to "Ring the Bell for Gender Equality".  The events, now in their fifth iteration, 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. In addition to the bell ringing events, the bell ringing partner organizations applaud the work done to date, and encourage stock exchanges to take further action to improve gender equality in their markets.

The bell was rung by top women executives and board members of the Athens Stock Exchange and the Hellenic Energy Exchange, and the aim of this event was to bring attention to the urgency of gender equality and women's economic empowerment. Within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, Goal 5 on gender equality and empowerment is integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development. As a member exchange of the SSE, the Athens Stock Exchange drives the message that capital markets and the private sector have an important role to play in advancing gender equality. This event forms a part of a wider initiative by the Athens Stock Exchange to promote responsible investment and enhance corporate performance of environmental, social and governance issues (ESG).

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