The annual event in Dhaka with support from the government of Japan, encourages the private sector to expand opportunities for women as leaders, employees, entrepreneurs, and consumers to promote sustainable development. This year marks the 5th consecutive Ring the Bell for Gender Equality event for Bangladesh and 6th globally.
The UN Women’s theme for International Women’s Day was ‘I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights’. The theme marks the milestones that have been achieved such as the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted in 1995, to advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide. In addition, 2020 also marks a five-year milestone towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Counsil resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; and the 10th anniversary of UN Women’s establishment.
In the event, IFC launched a report entitled “Portrait of Bangladesh’s Independent Directors” which is an annual report-based study of independent directors of 294 companies listed on Dhaka Stock Exchange. “Sustainable development depends on an equitable distribution of resources for today and for the future,” said Md Eunusur Rahman, chairman, Dhaka Stock Exchange Limited. “It cannot be achieved without gender equality. Women’s empowerment is a key factor for achieving sustainable economic growth, social development, and environmental sustainability.”
The Ring the Bell for Gender Equality event is a partnership of IFC, Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, UN Global Compact, UN Women, Women in ETFs, and the World Federation of Exchanges.