Starting off this year’s International Women’s Day national commemorations, over 20 private sector companies listed at the Dar Stock Exchange (DSE), joined UN Global Compact and UN Women to Ring the Bell for Gender Equality, for the first time ever in Tanzania, today morning in Dar es Salaam.
A global initiative with over 50 Stock Exchanges participating worldwide, Ring the Bell for Gender Equality was held for the first time at the DSE, with an aim to raise awareness about the importance of gender equality to both business and the sustainable development agenda. Led by UN Global Compact Network Tanzania and UN Women Tanzania, Ring the Bell for Gender Equality highlights the business case for achieving gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.
The campaign emphasizes the critical role business can play in promoting women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion, linking gender equality and the attainment of Global Goals as a prerequisite. It also promotes women’s full and effective participation, and equal opportunities for leadership, at all levels of decision-making. Private sector companies and stock exchanges are encouraged to make tangible commitments to advance gender equality; in addition to taking an integrated approach to unlocking the power of women in business and society.
Honoring the occasion, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children, Ms. Sihaba Nkinga, called on all private sector companies listed at DSE to step up their efforts to promote gender equality: their role in job creation, investment and innovation, is indispensable in advancing women’s economic empowerment.