On March 4th the Spanish Stock Exchange began the session with a Gender Equality Bell Ringing, which is being held for the third consecutive year and involves more than 80 markets around the world. The initiative, organized by BME and the Spanish Network of the United Nations Global Compact, is part of the international movement Ring the Bell for Gender Equality, which is promoted by Sustainable Stock Exchanges and the United Nations Global Compact.

The Deputy Governor of the Bank of Spain, Margarita Delgado, was in charge of the Ring the Bell. She was joined by Beatriz Alonso, Director of Equity at BME, and Cristina Sánchez, Executive Director of the Spanish Network. The event was attended by the Chairman of BME, Antonio Zoido, and was attended by nearly 200 people.

The meeting seeks to launch the message that gender equality is fundamental to boost the global economy and to highlight the importance of the private sector in this objective.

The Deputy Governor of the Bank of Spain said in her speech that «we must continue to make progress in eliminating the barriers, visible and invisible, that prevent women from making decisions freely. I believe that there is a lot of potential to improve the reconciliation, favouring the full development of a professional career compatible with a full personal and family life, which, without a doubt, also implies sharing family responsibilities between men and women».

Cristina Sánchez, Executive Director of the Spanish Network, has highlighted the importance of all actors working together to achieve equality between men and women, «a task that must be shared by citizens, the private sector and the public administration,» she said. «The Spanish Network is working very actively on Sustainable Development Goal 5, which addresses this issue at all levels, including the business sector, and we believe that it is time to move from a commitment to gender equality to action».

Beatriz Alonso, Director of Equity at BME, stressed that gender equality is an unavoidable objective for all companies. «At BME this commitment is also reflected in the weight of women in the younger generations. It is key to retain talent and motivate our staff, which undoubtedly includes encouraging the promotion of diversity in all its forms and throughout the professional career».