Cheryl Edwardes Appointed to the Atlas Iron Board in May became its Chair in July

6 May 2015 Atlas Iron (ASX: AGO) is pleased to advise that Hon. Cheryl Edwardes has been appointed as a Non-executive Director effective today. Mrs Edwardes is a fully qualified lawyer and held several senior portfolios during her distinguished career as a WA Member of Parliament. These included Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister […]

Being a women in mining in the 1960s: well done to Dr Sandra Close for persevering and being a role model to so many!

ABC Goldfields, By Nathan Morris, 5 August, 2015 A woman on the frontier during the West Australian mining mad men days Dr Sandra close was one of the first female field geologists to work in the Australian mining industry back in the early 1960s – a time when the number of women in the industry […]

Women on Boards Webinar Programme – Session 4 on August 12

Session 4: Gender Diversity on Boards Regulatory & market-led reforms, global snapshot Mandatory Quotas: Italy, France, Norway, EU directive Voluntary Targets: UK Comply & Explain Disclosure: Canada & Australia Board evaluation & tenure Speaker: Carol Nolan Drake, Co-Chair Shareholder Responsibilities Committee, International Corporate Governance Network 12 August, 6am Vancouver, 7am Denver, 9am Toronto, 2pm London, […]

Inspirational Women of South Australia’s Minerals and Oil & Gas Industries Honoured at Landmark Event

SACOME, Friday 31 July, 2015 Inspirational women working in the South Australian resources sector were recognised and celebrated at the first ever South Australian Women in Resources awards, presented at a South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) lunch today. Four winning individuals were awarded from a pool of around 40 exceptional nominations, together with […]

Inspirational Women of South Australia's Minerals and Oil & Gas Industries Honoured at Landmark Event

SACOME, Friday 31 July, 2015 Inspirational women working in the South Australian resources sector were recognised and celebrated at the first ever South Australian Women in Resources awards, presented at a South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) lunch today. Four winning individuals were awarded from a pool of around 40 exceptional nominations, together with […]

Pauline Tahi – “It is a real pleasure to leave your mark wherever you go”

Pauline Tahi came to mining by chance some 22 years ago. Since then, she has been involved in the commissioning of every mine in her home country of Ivory Coast. Although she was often a victim of discrimination during her career, she says attitudes are changing and are much better today towards women.

Queensland chooses affirmative action to ensure gender balance on boards

The Australian Financial review,  Jul 28 2015 by Mark Ludlow Half of Queensland board positions to be women by 2020 Women will make up half of board positions on Queensland state owned companies by 2020, says Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk. Chris Hyde “Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has mandated 50 per cent of board positions on state-owned corporations […]

Female Talent Engagement Survey Results

In late 2014, IWiMC released its first Female Talent Engagement Survey. The responses allow us to gain some insight into what influences industry employers and draw comparisons with what drives the career decisions of women in mining. A total of 31 responses were received from mining companies globally and a total of 263 responses were received from IWiMC […]

First Lady of Zambia calls for more women in mining

Times of Zambia, Published On July 22, 2015 By Hildah Lumba, written by Helen Zulu  FIRST Lady Esther Lungu has called for more women participation in the mining sector in the country. Ms Lungu said there was need for more women participation in the mining sector in an effort to empower them. She said this […]

News from WiRV (Women in Mining and Resources Victoria) – joining WIMnet + name change

WiRV is proud to announce that they have formally become a subcommittee of the AusIMM (Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy) Women in Mining Network (WIMnet) and are now referred to as: “Women in Mining and Resources (WiRV) – a subcommittee of the AusIMM Women in Mining Network” and are also referred to as “WIMnet Victoria.” They also proudly broke […]

Gender & Extractives Convention – Uganda (21-22/07/2015)

WOMEN ENGAGEMENT IN EXTRACTIVES BENEFITS FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND THE COUNTRY KAMPALA, 21 JULY, 2015: Global Rights Alert (GRA) will for the next two days; the 21st & 22nd of July 2015 bring together experts and participants in the oil, gas and mining industry to discuss the role of women in sustainable exploitation and development in […]

Gender & Extractives Convention – Uganda (21-22/07/2015)

WOMEN ENGAGEMENT IN EXTRACTIVES BENEFITS FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND THE COUNTRY KAMPALA, 21 JULY, 2015: Global Rights Alert (GRA) will for the next two days; the 21st & 22nd of July 2015 bring together experts and participants in the oil, gas and mining industry to discuss the role of women in sustainable exploitation and development in […]

Meet our Head of Media close up: find out more about Holstein Wong and her job

Pit Stop No14: Holstein Wong’s mining journey Posted on 8 Hours Ago by miningdiaries I studied a Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering (Honours) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. I also travelled to Swansea University, Wales for a semester on international exchange. I’m now a Graduate Processing Engineer for […]

Jennifer Irons joins Diamante Minerals Inc. as CFO

July 9th 2015 – Diamante Minerals, Inc., a natural resource company focused on the diamond sector, today announced the appointment of Jennifer Irons as the company’s new chief financial officer, replacing Chad Ulansky, who will continue to serve as Diamante’s chief executive officer. “Bringing Jennifer aboard as CFO is a natural progression for Diamante as […]

Difficulties faced by Women miners in Kenya

The post below has been sent to us for publication. We hope Anthony Kitimo will also share with us the positive impact these women’s networks have for the women affected and if some initiatives led by the government and/or NGOs are working and making a difference.   Women miseries in Kasighau Mining Zones In the hot […]

UK reaches milestone of 25% of Women's representation on the Boards of the FTSE 100 six months ahead of target!

“Today is a day to celebrate. Women now make up 25% of all board positions on the boards of FTSE 100 companies. British business has met the target set out in the Davies Review in 2011 and some 6 months ahead of year end. This is a milestone event by any standards and one which […]

UK reaches milestone of 25% of Women’s representation on the Boards of the FTSE 100 six months ahead of target!

“Today is a day to celebrate. Women now make up 25% of all board positions on the boards of FTSE 100 companies. British business has met the target set out in the Davies Review in 2011 and some 6 months ahead of year end. This is a milestone event by any standards and one which […]

South Australian Women in Resources Awards Unearth Exceptional Finalists

The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) and the Women in Resources South Australia Committee (WinRSA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the inaugural South Australian Women in Resources State Awards. The South Australian Women in Resources Awards recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women and those supporting women in […]

Women in Materials honoured with the Order of Canada

Professors from the University of Waterloo are among the list of several individuals with an affiliation with the University who were just named to the Order of Canada.His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada on July 1. The Order has three levels: Companion, […]

Are you a Nunatsiavut women working in mining? Come forward to participate in a focus group, deadline tomorrow

McMaster University and other universities, along with the Nunatsiavut Government, will be involved in a research project with Nunatsiavut women who work in mining and other industries. Suzanne Mills is an Associate Professor at McMaster University. She says this project will look at how mining affects gender relationships between women and men in the community. Also what types of roles […]

Rio Tinto boss Sam Walsh is right but women's confidence isn't to blame

Is it all only down to confidence??? Like the author I believe confidence is only one element/reason for the gender gap What are your thoughts? By Susanne Moore / Women’s Agenda Jul 06, 2015 “Rio Tinto’s boss Sam Walsh is dead right when he says, “We’re missing out on 32% of the talent that’s out […]

Rio Tinto boss Sam Walsh is right but women’s confidence isn’t to blame

Is it all only down to confidence??? Like the author I believe confidence is only one element/reason for the gender gap What are your thoughts? By Susanne Moore / Women’s Agenda Jul 06, 2015 “Rio Tinto’s boss Sam Walsh is dead right when he says, “We’re missing out on 32% of the talent that’s out […]

Women on Boards Webinar Programme – Session 3 on July 13

Session 3: “Edge Up YOUR LinkedIn Presence to Gain That Corporate Board Seat” Everyone understands the potential for LinkedIn, but how much visibility can a board candidate expect to produce? Despite the bad rap social media gets from time to time, LinkedIn simply cannot be ignored. It is the go-to network for professionals looking to advance their careers. Speaker: […]

IIED’s work on artisanal and small-scale mining

We are pleased to be able to share the latest work on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Through a series of multi-stakeholder policy dialogues we are creating a space to share, scope and tackle the complex challenges within the sector – a sector which supports the […]

IIED's work on artisanal and small-scale mining

We are pleased to be able to share the latest work on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM), from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Through a series of multi-stakeholder policy dialogues we are creating a space to share, scope and tackle the complex challenges within the sector – a sector which supports the […]

Linda Dufour – "Why should a woman have to be like a man?"

With 20 years’ experience in the mining industry in North America as a process engineer and metallurgist, Linda Dufour believes mining needs to do a lot more to encourage women to come into the sector; be promoted and not be tempted to leave by the lack of opportunity.

Do you want the tools to sit on a Board?

Webinar Series: Addressing the underrepresentation of women on Boards Dear members of the International Women in Mining Community: We are thrilled to announce our first Women on Boards Webinar Series! The Webinar Series are part of a larger Women on Boards Project aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of women on the Boards of Directors within […]

Large scale mining in Africa is a mixed blessing for women

SUBMITTED BY ANJA TOLONEN ON THU, 06/25/2015. CO-AUTHORS: ANDREAS KOTSADAM The African continent is rich in natural resources, like oil, gas and minerals that contribute to a large share of exports, and are now a major source of foreign direct investment. In our paper African Mining, Gender and Local Employment, we investigate how this recent, […]

FQM Inspires Women in Zambia

Published On June 15, 2015 By Hildah Lumba FIRST Quantum Minerals (FQM) Kansanshi Mining Plc has engaged women in North-Western Province to inspire and empower them in doing business to help them become financially independent.FQM notes that it is vital for the women in the area to be prepared to conduct business beyond mining companies […]

2015 Women in Industry Award Winners – Australia

Congratulations!!! to all nominees, shortlisted and especially to the winners Excellence in Mining Maria Joyce – General Manager, MEC Mining Maria Joyce has won this year’s Excellence in Mining award for being a well-respected leader within the sector. Just over 12 months ago Joyce took on the challenge of the General Managers role for MEC […]

Another congratulations to Susan White, Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to geoscience.

From the GSA newsletter: “Long-term Geological Society of Australia member Dr Susan White was awarded an OAM in the Queens Birthday Honours list. Sue received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for service to science, particularly to speleology, and to youth. Sue’s work on cave sciences, geoscience education and […]

Recent female Board Appointments in Mining

Fire River Gold Announces the Appointment of Stacey Bligh as a Director View PDF Effective May 21, 2015, Stacey Bligh has been appointed as a director of Fire River Gold Corp. (the “Corporation”) (NEX:FAU.H) (CUSIP 31811Q304). Ms. Bligh has been working with publicly listed companies for over 17 years in various administrative and management roles. […]

Gender Equality & Pay Gap Results for Perth Business Community

The Committee for Perth released two weeks ago the findings of its landmark report Filling the Pool, which focuses on the Perth-based issues around gender inequality by exploring why women are paid less than their male colleagues and their struggle to climb the corporate ladder. As well as finding that Perth had a blokey and […]

Gender Equality & Pay Gap Results for Perth Business Community

The Committee for Perth released two weeks ago the findings of its landmark report Filling the Pool, which focuses on the Perth-based issues around gender inequality by exploring why women are paid less than their male colleagues and their struggle to climb the corporate ladder. As well as finding that Perth had a blokey and […]

Let’s Learn From Each Other, Kaberuka Tells African Youth

Photo: U.S. Department of State http://allafrica.com/stories/201505260560.html Archive picture – Participants of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders listen as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship in Washington, D.C., on July 28, 2014. African youth have been told to exchange ideas with the elderly […]

Let's Learn From Each Other, Kaberuka Tells African Youth

Photo: U.S. Department of State http://allafrica.com/stories/201505260560.html Archive picture – Participants of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders listen as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship in Washington, D.C., on July 28, 2014. African youth have been told to exchange ideas with the elderly […]

Louise Grondin, VP Environment & Sustainable Development at Agnico-Eagle Mines won an Award (news in French)

La première femme de l’équipe de la haute instruction d’Agnico Eagle, Louise Grondin, remporte le Prix carrière en environnement minier BY ÉQUIPE MAGZ GROUPE · JUNE 17, 2015  Rouyn-Noranda, le 16 juin 2015 – Le comité organisateur du 5e Symposium sur l’environnement et les mines a remis hier soir le Prix carrière Frederick W. Firlotte […]

Commentary: Should we have quotas for women on boards in Canada?

by Catherine Wade (Northern Miner – June 5, 2015) “It’s no secret that the mining industry is behind the curve when it comes to hiring women and appointing female board members. What will it take to get them onboard? Although the last couple of years have seen some increase in women representation at senior executive […]

Women on Boards Webinar Programme – Session 2 on June 22

Session 2: Board Journey Action Plan / What Do You Need To Do To Get a Board Seat Self-assessment / skills inventory Develop your brand/value proposition Gain non-profit board experience Develop and leverage a powerful network Get educated Speaker: Tracy Houston, board e-Guru – 22 June, 10pm GMT / 5pm EST / 5am AWST Details of the […]

Congratulations to Sabina Shugg, now a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the mining industry

Mining engineer Sabina Shugg has also been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours list as a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the mining industry.  Ms Shugg started out her career in WA’s goldfields and has championed the involvement of women in the industry, founding Women in Mining Resources (WIMWA) in […]

Zambian State to revive “Women in Mining” Initiative

Published in Times of Zambia on June 15, 2015  By Hildah Lumba  By BENNET SIMBEYE  – Johannesburg South Africa THE Government will revive the women-in-mining initiative as part of a programme to continue empowering women in Zambia, President Edgar Lungu has said. The President said women had shown potential in mining entrepreneurship in the past and […]

Zambian State to revive "Women in Mining" Initiative

Published in Times of Zambia on June 15, 2015  By Hildah Lumba    By BENNET SIMBEYE  – Johannesburg South Africa THE Government will revive the women-in-mining initiative as part of a programme to continue empowering women in Zambia, President Edgar Lungu has said. The President said women had shown potential in mining entrepreneurship in the past […]

Women in mining: Africa – Businesses need to mine women’s talent

By Ethical Corporation on Jun 9, 2015 Women must be better represented in Africa’s growing extractive sector, for the sake of commercial success as well as fairness Africa is at a turning point, emerging as one of the fastest growing developing regions in the world, registering sustained economic growth rates of 5%, almost 2% higher than […]

Is the industry under threat to lose its senior female talent?

Lately a few of the women I spoke to/met said that they were really tired of fighting to be valued for their work and were seriously considering leaving the industry: I’ve heard of sexual harassment, lack of promotion, redundancy and unfriendly work environments. One of the women decided to vocalise how she felt and wrote […]

"What about women in mining?"

JUNE 12, 2015 – KPMG Newsroom Sabina Shugg, National Lead, Mining Performance We want inclusive workplaces where all are welcome and feel included. Regardless of colour, religion, sexual preferences or gender. Or, for that matter, even if you have a strange sense of humour, you still want to be accepted. And if everyone is welcome then […]

Last chance to nominate for the100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2015

Women in Mining (UK) believes it is important to recognise women from all levels in the industry who continue to be inspirational to those around them and who demonstrate to the industry that even though there is still a long way to go, we have made tremendous progress. Please nominate your candidates for consideration in […]

Equality, Diversity and A Boring Afternoon (A slice of mining)

We came upon this interesting blog post written by a male mining engineer writing about his view regarding the issue of women in mining and gender equality in mining. We liked his candid approach and hope for the future.   “It was a subject that was always at the back of my mind but I […]

Profile of Eira Thomas, CEO Kaminak Gold in Resource World Magazine

“Yes, I would [recommend a career in the mining industry to women at any stage of their lives].. I think that mining is a progressive industry”, Eira Thomas, CEO Kaminak Gold Corp – Resource World To read the interview click here