Women in ETFS ‘Ring the Bell for Gender Equality’ at Euronext Dublin

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Women in ETFS ‘Ring the Bell for Gender Equality’ at Euronext Dublin

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2020, Women in ETFs (WE) opened the Euronext Dublin Market by taking part in a ‘Ring the Bell for Gender Equality’ ceremony.

It is the fourth consecutive year that the event has taken place in Dublin and is a partnership between Women in ETFs, IFC, Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, UN Global Compact, UN Women and the World Federation of Exchanges to raise awareness about the business case for women’s economic empowerment, and highlight the potential for the private sector to advance gender equality.

The opening ceremony at Euronext Dublin is part of a global collaboration, with all Euronext exchanges participating in the bell ringing (in Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, Oslo and Paris), as well as another 72 exchanges around the world, from North America to the Asian Pacific region.

To celebrate this year’s event Daryl Byrne, CEO, Euronext Dublin and Deirdre McIlvenna, Partner at Maples and Calder LLP, the Maples Group's law firm and member of the Leadership Committee of WE Dublin Chapter were joined by Brid Horan, Co-Founder of the Irish Chapter of 30% Club and Co-Chair of Balance for Better Business - the independent business-led Review Group established by the government to improve gender balance in senior leadership in Ireland.

Speaking at the event, Deirdre McIlvenna provided an overview of Women in ETFs and outlined the benefits of joining the Irish Chapter of the organisation.

Commenting on the event Daryl Byrne, CEO, Euronext Dublin, said: “We’re honoured to host ‘Ring the Bell for Gender Equality’ for the fourth consecutive year. This year is very special to us as it’s our first year hosting the event in our new building on College Green and restored market floor which has been here since 1878. Our new home now serves as the group centre of excellence for debt and funds listings and ETFs, bringing even more innovation and activity to the thriving ETF eco-system here in Dublin.

Commenting on the event, Deirdre McIlvenna, Funds & Investment Management Partner at the Maples Group said: “Women in ETFs is delighted to be part of this celebration of International Women's Day which supports our goals to connect, support and inspire every one of our members. By joining forces with these global organisations and Euronext Dublin, Women in ETFs can present in a meaningful way the economic value for supporting greater gender parity. We know that while there has been some progress made to date, many obstacles remain –  but together, through our actions, we can make a difference." 

Suggested actions to advance gender equality include joining the UN Women's Generation Equality campaign, availing of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Gender Gap Analysis Tool; promoting gender equality throughout the workplace, introducing gender equality standards and supporting gender equality themed investment products; providing guidance, training, mentoring and education to market participants on gender equality and the role of gender diversity in business performance; and encouraging or requiring listed companies to publicly report on relevant gender metrics.

Article Published: 06/03/2020