London Stock Exchange celebrates International Women's Day

Today, Women in ETFs and Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, celebrated International Women’s Day at London Stock Exchange.

This year, Women in ETFs was proud to partner with UN Global Compact, UN Women, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, IFC, and the World Federation of Stock Exchanges, to “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality,” around the world.

To commemorate International Women’s Day, 34 stock exchanges from around the world joined Women in ETFs, partners and Rosa 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.

“Studies such as the new survey by the Peterson Institute for International Economics of 21,980 publicly traded companies in 91 countries demonstrates that the presence of more female leaders in top positions of corporate management correlates with increased profitability of these companies” said Deborah Fuhr, Co-Founder of WE and Managing Partner of ETFGI.

Channel 4 news presenter and Rosa Ambassador Jon Snow also made a short speech on behalf of Rosa, saying;

“International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements – and to remind us of what still needs tackling to reach full equality between women and men even here in the UK. Without the resources to do so, we can’t hope to bring about a safe, fair, just society for all our children. Rosa is only UK-wide fund set up to support women and girls across the UK and as a Rosa Ambassador, and I’m proud to support their vital work.”

Women in ETFs is (WE) is the first women’s group for the ETF industry. Founded in January 2014, WE is a non-profit organization that brings together 1,700 members, including women and men, in chapters in major financial centers around the world to further the careers of women by leveraging our collective skill and ambition. WE achieves this by organizing events at our chapters globally that support our goals of education, networking, and philanthropy. Visit www.womeninetfs.com

Rosa is still the only UK-Wide fund for women and girls, and invests in the areas of Leadership and Representation, Safety, Health and Wellbeing and Economic Justice. Their innovative new grants programme, Voices from the Frontline will shine a light on women at the front of the fight for gender equality. Supporting charitable advocacy work, it will increase the skills, capacity and credibility of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change, moving us closer to social justice and equality for women in the UK.

For further information about Rosa’s work or how you or your company can invest in change, go to their website www.rosauk.org.