CEM REPORT, MARKET | The Nigeria Exchange (NGX) has demonstrated its commitment to the gender equality campaign through its annual celebration of the international women’s day in a forum where robust conversations are held and strategic resolution reached.
NGX holds its International Women’s Day and Ring the Bell for Gender equality event annually in partnership with international and local organizations where it champions discuss to bridge the gap between men and women in the business space while celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
NGX’s commitment is stated thus; “At NGX Group of Companies, we recognise that investing in women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community is of strategic importance to business growth and sustainability. For this reason, we have chosen to celebrate IWD as part of the global UN SSEI event hosted by over 80 securities exchanges in collaboration with the UN Global Compact, UN Women, IFC and WFE (the “Global Partners”).”
The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Embrace Equity’ and it seeks to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about discrimination and take action to drive gender parity. To this end, the NGX 2023 IWD celebration would build on the global theme, Embrace Equity.
The International Women’s Day started way back in the 1900s. In 1908, 15,000 people marched through New York City, advocating for shorter work hours, better pay, and voting rights. After this rally, in 1909, the 1st National Women’s Day was observed across the United States on February 28th.
IWD is a global event of joy and action. It celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. It is a day to uplift one another, collaborate as a global community, share stories and actions, and engage in philanthropist initiatives. Specific areas of focus include technology, work, forging change, creatives, empowerment, health, and sport.
In 2022, NGX focused on progress made in reducing the gender gap through the Nigeria2Equal Programme. Nigeria2Equal is the first multi-stakeholder country program aiming to reduce gender gaps across employment and entrepreneurship in Nigeria’s private sector. Nigeria2Equal brings leading companies together to make specific, measurable, and time-bound commitments to increase women’s participation in Nigeria’s private sector as leaders, employees, and as entrepreneurs in the corporate value chain.
The 2023 edition is scheduled to hold virtually on zoom and Live streamed on YouTube, on Wednesday, 8 March 2023 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (WAT)