Delegates ringing the bell at ‘Ring the Bell’ event in Rwanda.
Photo: UN Women Rwanda.
By UN Women
Rwanda stock exchange and many businesses have demonstrated support for efforts to give women more opportunities and leadership in the private sector.
In celebration of International Women’s Month on 11 March, UN Women Rwanda, Rwanda Stock Exchange and International Finance Corporation hosted the “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality event” for the sixth time in Rwanda, along with 118 other stock exchanges around the world to raise awareness about the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing gender equality. . The occasion brought together different players in the finance sector, entrepreneurs, the Central Bank, varsity and high school students to discuss the role and opportunities for the private sector to advance gender equality and sustainable development.
The event called for tangible commitments from stock exchanges, market regulator among other players to advance gender equality, to promote increased female representation in boardrooms and growing the pipeline of female talent to ascend to top positions in their markets.
Pierre Celestin Rwabukumba, Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Stock Exchange
welcoming participants. Photo: UN Women Rwanda
In his welcome remarks, Pierre Celestin Rwabukumba, Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Stock Exchange said:“Rwandan women are doing well on the stock market where, out of the four private companies on the Rwandan stock market, two are led by women. However, evidence shows that in commercial activities and business in the world economy, women still face challenges. Through this event we are sensitising people about, the importance of women in private sector leadership positions”.
Denise Umwali, Gender Joint Program Manager, UN Women Rwanda called
for multisectoral collaboration. Photo: UN Women Rwanda.