International Women in Mining (IWiM) is a leading not-for-profit global organisation pursuing gender equality and promoting women’s voices, access to opportunities and leadership in mining.

We are registered and regulated as a community interest company (CIC) in the UK and subject to the oversight of our Board of Directors and the CIC Regulator. IWiM operates with the support of valued sponsors and partners and a global team of Directors and volunteers who are active across all functions of the mining industry.


IWiM’s aim is to lead global change towards gender equality in mining by acting as:

  • Industry Change Agent, through projects and campaigns such as our IWRMP mentoring programme, we are making mining a more representative and more successful industry through increased diversity, gender equality and inclusion;
  • WIM Champion, celebrating the achievements and contribution of women in mining and empowering WIM organisations to achieve global cohesion and leverage their game-changing collective strength; and
  • Diversity Trend Setter, collecting and sharing knowledge that supports our inclusion and equality agenda.

We connect with over 11,500 members and followers worldwide and collaborate with over 70 WIM organisations on all continents. IWiM also cultivates an international network of leading companies, organisations and individuals that share a vision for the mining sector. We aim to inspire both men and women to become advocates, change-makers and leaders in their businesses, communities and countries.


Our Vision

Gender equality in mining


Our Mission

To promote a strong, unified WIM voice, lead global change and increase support to women in mining


Our Values

As a not-for-profit organisation, our initiatives and engagement are driven by our commitment to women in mining and fuelled by our core values of respect, inclusivity, integrity, collaboration, accountability and effectiveness.

Respect and Inclusivity

Championing diversity is integral to IWiM’s vision, mission and organisation. We believe in learning from each other and recognising the value of each individual. We are committed to treating every person with due regard for their rights, dignity and well-being.

Accountability and Effectiveness

We work with transparency, make responsible use of our resources and practice fairness in all our relationships. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards and strive to deliver concrete, positive change for women in mining.


We work with others in a spirit of mutuality and solidarity, celebrate diversity and respect others’ choices in the pursuit of common goals for an equitable world free of the systems that currently marginalise women.


We act with honesty and keep our promises.  are guided by ethical and moral principles in all that we do.


Our History

IWiM was founded as WIM Community Portal in 2007 by Barbara Dischinger to provide a communication platform for WIM organisations and serve women in the global mining sector, 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.

When IWiM was founded, there were fewer WIM organisations and the conversation about diversity and inclusion in mining was only just beginning. Since its inception, IWiM has worked to promote a strong, unified WIM voice and increase support to and among WIM organisations world-wide.

IWiM has also helped to define and advance the gender equality and diversity agenda in the mining sector, coordinating initiatives with global businesses and investors and collaborating with international organisations pursuing similar transformational objectives.

These have included research projects, webinar programmes and campaigns to increase awareness and promote the role and participation of women. With a stronger corporate structure, a new Board of Directors 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 (CIC). As a CIC, IWiM has primarily social objectives and any surpluses are reinvested in these objectives or in the community.