Over 40 stock exchanges around the world joined the UN Global Compact, UN Women, Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative, the International Finance Corporation, World Federation of Exchanges, and Women in ETFs in raising awareness about the importance of gender equality to both business and sustainable development. The aim was to have exchanges across the globe ring their market opening or closing bell to draw attention to the critical role business and markets can and must play in closing the gender inequality gap. The theme of this year’s Ring the Bell event was – Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030.
At NSE, the event started with an opening bell ceremony followed by key note remarks delivered by Ms. Veena Mankar, Independent Non-Executive Chairperson, IDFC Bank.
The event included the Leadership Roundtable discussion on “Gender Equality in India: Taking Stock of where we are and what needs to be done” which was moderated by Latha Venkatesh, Executive Director, CNBC. The panellists included Ms. Aisha De Sequeira, Co-Country Head and Head of Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley; Ms. Shanti Ekambaram, President- Consumer Banking, Kotak Mahindra Bank; Ms. Radhika Gupta, CEO, Edelweiss Asset Management; Ms. Bala Deshpande, Senior Managing Director, New Enterprise Associates and Ms. Mallika Ghosh, Executive Director, Parinaam Foundation. At BSE, the opening bell of the stock exchange was dedicated to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. The symbolic opening bell was rung by Mr. Deepak Premnarayen, President of IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Premnarayen while addressing the crowd shared his insights on having women in the workforce and stressed on the point that all efforts globally should be expedited to achieve gender equality. This was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Nishtha Satyam, Head, Strategic Partnerships, Policy Impact and Public Relations, UN Women. During the panel discussion, all speakers shared professional insights and personal experiences from their journey and day to day life pressing on the point that gender equality does exist and its high time to fight it.