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IFC and Jordan’s Stock Exchange Join Worldwide ‘Ring the Bell’ for Gender Equality


In Washington, D.C.:
Elizabeth Gibbens
Phone: +1 202 473 1616
E-mail: egibbens@ifc.org

In Cairo:
Riham Mustafa
Phone: +20 (02) 2461-4230
E-mail: rmustafa@ifc.org



Amman, March 9, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, alongside the UN Women Jordan Country Office and the Jordan Institute of Directors, will ring the opening bell at the Amman Stock Exchange today to raise awareness of the need for gender equality and promote gender inclusion.

IFC also presented a report at the event, entitled The Impact of Gender Diversity on the Economic Performance of Companies in Jordan, based on new research exploring gender and business in the country.

IFC has joined 34 stock exchanges in a global initiative to “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality”—a partnership that highlights how the private sector can spur global growth by helping ensure that women participate in economic activity at the same rate as men.

Stock exchanges from Nairobi to Amman, Dhaka, Fiji, New York and London participated, ringing opening or closing bells to mark International Women’s Day. Events have taken place since March 3 and will continue during the week to come, with IFC also ringing the opening and closing bell on March 8 on its Washington, D.C., and London trading floors.

 “Empowering women is not only the right thing to do—it is also the smart thing to do,” said Jingdong Hua, IFC Vice President and Treasurer. “Research shows that it can add trillions of dollars to global GDP, boost productivity, generate higher return on investments, and promote greater organizational effectiveness. The private sector has an essential role to play in unleashing the full economic potential of women and girls.”

IFC believes that women—as consumers, employees, business leaders, and entrepreneurs—have the potential to transform the global economy, supporting job creation, raising per-capita incomes, and promoting sustainable development. That’s why we work to promote gender inclusion in all of our activities. By leveraging our relationships with about 1,000 financial institutions and private equity funds, we help expand access to finance for women entrepreneurs. In 2014, IFC clients provided 670,000 jobs to women in emerging economies.

“The participation of women in the labor market has been a major driver of growth and competitiveness in economies, but women still face many challenges here in Jordan and around the world,” said Ahmed Attiga, IFC Country Manager and Head of Mission for Jordan. “Promoting gender inclusion is not only good for women – it’s also good for the economy.”  

“Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” focuses on raising awareness about the business case for women’s economic empowerment and the opportunities for the private sector to advance gender equality, which is a key Sustainable Development Goal. It is a partnership of IFC, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, the UN Global Compact, UN Women, Women in ETFs, and the World Federation of Stock Exchanges.

About IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our capital, expertise, and influence, to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY15, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $18 billion, helping the private sector play an essential role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

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