IWiM is a leading global organisation pursuing gender equality and promoting women’s voices, access to opportunities and leadership in mining, by acting as Industry Change Agent, WIM Champion and Diversity Trendsetter.

IWiM aims to lead a global change in attitudes and behaviour to achieve gender equality in mining.  It is vital that women’s individual and collective voice be heard for the industry to improve in diversity, governance and sustainability.


Our Vision             A global change of mindset to achieve gender equality in mining

Our Mission          To promote a strong unified WIM voice, lead global change and increase support to WIM organisations

Our Values            Respect and Inclusivity | Accountability and Effectiveness | Collaboration and Integrity


IWiM connects with over 11,500 members and followers worldwide and collaborates with WIM organisations on all continents. IWiM also cultivates an international network of leading companies, organisations and individuals sharing a vision for the mining sector and inspiring both men and women to become advocates, change-makers and leaders in their businesses, communities and countries.

IWiM is a non-profit organisation, registered and regulated as a community interest company in the UK and subject to the oversight of its Board and the CIC Regulator. IWiM operates with the support of valued sponsors and partners and a global team of Volunteers and Directors on all continents and across all functions of the mining industry.


International Women in Mining (IWiM) was founded in 2007 by Barbara Dischinger. Initially called WIM Community Portal, the organisation focused on (i) providing a communication platform for Women in Mining (WIM) organisation and (ii) serving women in the mining sector globally, particularly where there were no WIM organisations. In parallel, Barbara Dischinger founded Women in Mining (UK) in 2006 and managed it until 2011 when a new management team transitioned in: the two organisations have always been distinct.

There were fewer WIM organisations then, and the conversation about diversity and inclusion was still limited. Since its inception, IWiM has worked to promote a strong, unified WIM voice and increase support to and among WIM organisations world-wide. It has also participated in defining and progressing the diversity agenda and gender equality in the mining sector, coordinating pioneering projects and initiatives with global businesses and investors in the sector as well as international organisations pursuing similar transformation in extractives and/or industry in general.


These have included research projects, webinar programmes and various campaigns to increase awareness and promote the role and participation of women in all aspects of the mining sector, from thought leadership to directorships, across operations and investment. With a stronger corporate structure, new board and ongoing sponsor support, from 2017 IWiM developed landmark programmes including IWRMP, a global cross-company mentoring programme for women in mining.

In 2017 the company adopted its current name and converted into a community interest company (C.I.C.): this corporate form entails that it is operated with primarily social objectives and that any surpluses are reinvested in these objectives or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for owners.