We finally launched the 1st international mentoring programme for women in the resources sector

After 1 year of working solidly on the first international mentoring programme we had our big launch in Canada on the 6th of March at PDAC in collaboration with Women in Mining Canada. This is IWiM’s commitment to #PressforProgress We launched with a final cohort of 42 women on the programme from student to senior […]

Press Release – IWRMP 2018 Launch Event

7th March, Toronto WOMEN IN MINING COLLABORATION LAUNCHES INAUGURAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN RESOURCES MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME 2018 In response to the need for more industry mentoring, we have launched the first International Women in Resources Mentorship Programme (IWRMP). This is at a time when there is a renewed industry focus on creating more culturally-diverse and gender-balanced […]

Dr Vanessa Guthrie – “Just because you are outnumbered doesn’t mean you are wrong…. So never, ever give up”

Monthly Profile Feature Australian Dr Vanessa Guthrie has an impressive and diverse career spanning 30 years in the resources sector. Early on she realised that she wanted to work in an industry that creates value from natural resources and improves the quality of people’s lives. She loves being part of something that is physical, practical […]

Zenzi Awases – “We’re here to stay, to do a job and not just to look pretty. We must make a difference”

Monthly Profile Feature Namibian geologist Zenzi Awases is not afraid to face a challenge head on, carrying out her first job alone in the desert on foot with hyenas prowling behind her. One of the first women in Namibia to study geology in her home country she has discovered diamonds and brought two areas into […]

Interested in becoming a Director, Secretary or Vice-Chair with the WIM/WiN-SK Board of Directors?

If you are interested in becoming a Director, Secretary or Vice-Chair with the Women in Mining and Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan Inc. (WIM/WiN-SK) Board of Directors, please submit the following by Feb 20 to wimwinsk@gmail.com: – A SHORT letter of intent and resume, highlighting why you want to join, how you might contribute, your availability/commitment […]

A scholarship opportunity from the CEPMLP for Somali Nationals

The University of Dundee – Energy Industry Scholarship for Somali Nationals Energy has enhanced our lives: we have never been more connected and, today, more people have better opportunities, better health and better living conditions. This progress has been dependent on reliable, accessible energy. Given the vital role of the energy sector, the Centre for Energy […]

IWiM is solely led by volunteers and we wouldn’t be anywhere without our volunteers

Dear IWiM Volunteers As part of our 10-year anniversary I wanted to reach out to all IWiM’s volunteers A heartfelt thank you to all of you for helping me make IWIM a reality and turn it into the successful organisation it is today! Thank you!! I wanted to reflect on volunteering: what does it mean […]

Equality in the extractives industry: ALSF, International Women in Mining and Adam Smith Intl launch high-level event at Mining Indaba 2018

Cape Town, South Africa, 4 February 2018 — Despite enjoying sustained commercial growth in recent years, the global mining industry will soon face a looming skills gap. Alongside this trend, industry experts have observed that women are disproportionately underrepresented in the extractives sector, even when compared to other traditionally ‘male-dominated’ industries like oil and gas. […]

Nominate a P.Geo. for APGO’s Award of Merit

The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) Award of Merit was established in 2016, with the intention of presenting the award annually to a deserving individual member who, during the course of their career, has made significant contributions to the geoscience profession. The successful candidate for the award will have been a practicing member […]

Barbara Dischinger – “We are Individually Powerful but if we’re United we are Stronger”

Monthly Profile Feature The founder of International Women in Mining (IWiM) and before that of WIM UK, Barbara Dischinger, is truly international herself. She’s a mix of nationalities, speaks numerous languages and has lived around the world. Modest and often understated of her achievements, she’s driven and passionate about getting a good deal for women […]

The World Bank Group Global Conference on Gender and Oil, Gas and Mining: New Frontiers of Progress, Challenges and Solutions

CALL FOR CASE STUDIES: The World Bank Group Global Conference on Gender and Oil, Gas and Mining: New Frontiers of Progress, Challenges and Solutions June 27 – 28th 2018 Background Oil, gas and mining can potentially bring significant growth and development opportunities to resource-rich countries and host communities. The gendered dynamics of asset ownership, labour, […]

Nominations Open for the 2018 Women in Mining Canada Trailblazer Award

For decades, women have contributed to the mining and minerals industry of Canada.  Through leadership, education and innovation, these women have opened doors for more women to participate in one of Canada’s most vital sectors. The Women in Mining Canada Trailblazer Award is the first national award in Canada to recognize the achievements of women who have […]

Quick Scan: Key Actors in Gender and Mining in the Netherlands and Internationally

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Accounting for gender concerns and optimizing gender equality returns in the minerals sector is clearly becoming a priority Most development organizations prioritize the “rights-based case” for gender integration although the “business case” is also becoming a priority The disconnect between these strategic interests may account for limited systemic progress towards gender equality across […]

Make a difference with an Australia Awards – Africa Scholarship: Applications are now open

Scholarships form an integral part of Australia’s development assistance for Africa, and help to build critical skills and knowledge. The Australia Awards – Africa offer an effective and efficient model to deliver Australia’s assistance while supporting a range of strategic foreign policy, economic diplomacy and development objectives across key sectors. Australia Awards Scholarships (2019 intake): […]

Stories of Women in DRC’s Mining Sector Spark National Action Plan

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Accidents and abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector are common. Women in various mining areas of the country are transforming lives by advocating for their rights. The World Bank and the Government of the DRC are supporting various efforts to close the gender gap in […]

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The IWRMP 2018 – what does the mentee application fee cover?

In a WIM group collaboration between IWiM and WIM Canada, the world’s first international mentoring program for women working in resources (IWRMP) will be launching at the PDAC International Convention, on the 6th of March 2018 in Toronto. The PDAC International Convention is the world’s leading mineral exploration convention attracting 25,000+ guests per year. This […]

Karine Cliche – “Don’t give up. Things don’t fall into your lap, you have to go and get them!”

July’s Monthly Profile Canadian Karine Cliche’s energy and enthusiasm are palpable and she’s not about to give up. A mining geologist, she’s leaving the sector for now having battled with the ups and down of the industry’s hard financial times and an inability to get the job she wants. She’s faced a number of rejections […]

Finalists announced for 2017 Resources Awards for Women

Originally published by The Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA – January 2017. The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has announced its finalists for the 2017 Women in Resources Awards (WIRA). The finalists, selected from over 90 nominations across five categories, represent a broad range of roles from within the resources sector. […]

How Fortescue Metals became the second ASX company in Australia’s history to have a board dominated by women

Originally published by Women’s Agenda – November 2016. A few years ago Fortescue Metals Group was the last ASX50 company to have an all-male board. Less than three years on, it will become only the second ASX-listed company to have a board dominated by women.   Fortescue’s chairman and founder, Andrew Forrest, was unwilling to […]

Women In Energy

Originally published by Catalyst.org – November 2016. Globally There Are Fewer Women in the Energy Industry Than in Tech1 Only 5% of executive board members are women at the top 200 power and utility companies.2 Women are 14% of senior management at the top 200 power and utility companies. 3 Latin America, the Caribbean, and […]

Mining women empowerment programme launched

Originally published by Ghana Business News – November 2016. Going for Gold, a women empowerment programme that aims at working towards women living in and around artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mines in Ghana and Tanzania, has been launched in Accra. The partnership programme, which consists of Simavi, Solidaridad and Healthy Entrepreneurs, was in collaboration with […]

Meet the Woman who Fought Society and the Legal System to Become India’s First Female Mining Engineer

Originally published by The Better India – October 2016. Dr. Chandrani Prasad Verma fought tough odds to become India’s first female mining engineer. This is the story of her struggle, passion, dedication, and success. There was a time when virtually every profession in the country was dominated by men. But the winds of change have […]

Gold Industry Group brings together industry to promote diversity

Originally published by Gold Industry Group – October 2016. The Gold Industry Group hosted its inaugural Women in Gold event at The Perth Mint earlier this month, attended by more than 300 industry professionals. The event was hosted in conjunction with Women in Mining WA to recognise and promote women in gold. Headline speaker Gold […]

Australian miners strike a chord on gender balance

Originally published by Herald Sun – October 2016. Noted geologist and former CSIRO chief Megan Clark is one of three women on Rio Tinto’s board. AUSTRALIAN miners are showing the way for their global peers on gender diversity, with women holding about a third of board seats at the nation’s biggest resources companies to buck […]

Fifty percent female: BHP’s massive ambition for workplace gender diversity

Originally published by Women’s Agenda – October 2016. BHP’s workforce is currently only 17.5% female.  There are achievable targets, and then there are bold, ambitious goals that take significant work, effort and resources to achieve – but ultimately aim to really harness the potential of the entire population. So I was stunned to see this […]

WIMWiN Mine Your Potential event

Elvia Torres Morales of Mosaic Potash Esterhazy attended the WIMWiN Mine Your Potential event in September in Saskatchewan. Here are highlights: Key Note Speaker: “Meandering through a career in Mining” – Dr. ‘Lyn Anglin Chief Scientific Officer at Imperial Metals Corporation based in Vancouver discussed her career path and some key decisions she made and what […]

Swinburne offers engineering research fellowships just for women

Originally published by Engineers Australia – October 2016. Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne is offering research fellowships for women in Engineering and IT, which it says is a first for the Australian tertiary sector. The Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowships – Women in STEM are designed to address the underrepresentation of women in STEM and […]

Nominations open for 2017 Resources Awards for Women

Originally published by WIMARQ – September 2016. Date: Wed 8 Mar 2017 Venue: Sofitel Hotel Format: Awards and breakfast Host: BHP Billiton Nominations are now open for the QRC/WIMARQ BHP Billiton 2017 Resources Awards for Women. Winners of these awards become finalists in the Women in Resources National Awards, and we’d love a repeat of […]

Career Resilience – what does it take for a resources business to survive a downturn?

Originally published by WIMARQ – September 2016. Dr Vanessa Guthrie – five keys to resilient leadership During her recent address to a WIMARQ event, hosted by Mullins Lawyers in Brisbane, Dr Vanessa Guthrie, Chief Executive of Toro Energy and Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia, gave the following insights. She says she has learned […]

Mine Your Potential conference aims to attract women to mining, nuclear sectors

Originally published by Saskatoon StarPhoenix – September 2016. Cameco Corp. Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Officer Alice Wong addresses the 2015 Mine Your Potential Conference in Saskatoon. Photo by Cassie Cos. CASSIE COS / SASKATOON About a quarter of the people who work in Saskatchewan’s mining sector are women — more than double the national […]

The problem with KWG’s Ring of Fire video

Canada’s KWG Resources recently came under scrutiny for a supposedly ‘educational’ YouTube video they released. The video, entitled 5 Interesting Ring of Fire Facts seems innocuous enough, until you realise that these facts are being presented by women in bikinis, in an apparent attempt to entice younger workers to the industry. We do not agree with […]

Women in Mining One Walk media posts to fight cancer

Dear mining industry communicators and friends: Most of you know about the successful fund-raising that Women in Mining groups across Canada have done, particularly for cancer research and treatment in the last decade. Between WIM Toronto and WIM Vancouver, we have raised a lot of money to fight cancer. The WIM Toronto branch is in the […]

Hunter Valley geologist heading to Antarctica for international leadership course

PHOTO: Geologist Marianne Harvey is travelling to Antarctica in December. (1233 ABC Newcastle: Robert Virtue) The icy scenery of Antarctica is a long way from the rural farmland of Farley in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, but for 20 days in December, the beauty of the frozen white mass will greet Marianne Harvey every […]

South Africa’s Mining Industry: Turning Waste into a Profitable Business

Although her background is in investment analysis, Olebogeng Sentsho entered the South African mining and waste management industry after she found there was a demand in recycling steel balls from mines. From there Yeabo Mining was born. Yeabo Mining is a 100% black woman-owned enterprise that’s doing its best to support other women in the […]

Indigenous woman becomes Fortescue’s CEO for a day

Careen Lee was selected as Fortescue’s CEO for a day, experiencing how the business operates from the highest level. After graduating from Fortescue’s Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC), she became an operator at Cloudbreak before progressing to a surface miner operator. Her role, including her promotion to Specialist Operator and current position as supervisor […]

Complimentary Invitation to ‘The 5 Top Tips to be a M.A.D. Leader’

You are invited to attend a complimentary leadership development webinar, ‘The 5 Top Tips to be a M.A.D. Leader’. The ability to be ‘M.A.D.’ (Making A Difference) is a critical component of success and fulfilment for women leaders in today’s competitive organisation, economy and world Join us online with Dr Sam Collins, CEO of Aspire and named as ‘One of the Top 200 Women to Impact […]

WIMARQ – Call for mentees and mentors

The call is now out for mentees and mentors for the 2016 QRC/WIMARQ mentoring program. The program supported by Foundation Partner BHP Billiton gets under way with a launch event on 27 July. Click the links below for brochures, and to fill in a mentee expression of interest. CLOSING DATE IS 1 JULY. Cost to […]


  Kambalda Geology Symposium Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Time: Half day Venue: Kambalda Bus is provided for transportation from Kalgoorlie to Kambalda and return. Price: Free The Kambalda Geology Symposium is an event run through the 2000’s which was successfully resurrected last year, with over 70 geologists attending for half a day. The sponsors […]

Building an Innovation Ecosystem in the South African Mining Industry

The current economic status of the mining industry is forcing us to think in new ways and adapt to our surroundings. To succeed, we not only have to focus on in-house innovation, but the time is overdue for us to start collaborating, sharing our ideas, innovating, and creating an environment in which knowledge sharing becomes […]

First 5 to respond get a free job ad

International Women in Mining Community is dedicated to supporting women working in the mining industry.  We have 8500+ members worldwide and access to over 40 women in mining groups. Our members are keen to hear about your job openings, especially in this difficult market. Diverse teams improve business performance – so what are you waiting […]

Department of Local Government & Communities WIMWA Mentoring program scholarship places available (Western Australia)

WIMWA (Women in Ming & Resources Western Australia) is delighted that the Department of Local Government and Communities is supporting women working in the mining industry by again offering three scholarships for women to participate in the WIMWA mentoring program in the first semester of 2016. Scholarship applications close on Thursday 12th November 2015 at […]

The WIM Community Spirit is Alive & Well!!

I feel energised today, I feel blessed to be part of a community where people come together to give back & contribute to making a difference to ultimately make mining a better place for many generations to come! We sent out a mailing to our members yesterday mentioning the opportunities and roles we have available […]

Ghana: Women address challenges and opportunities in mining

October 19, 2015 Source: B&FT Online | Ghana Key women involved in the mining sector from across West Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Ghana and Senegal) — including mining practitioners, mining service industry representatives, educators, and senior government officials — met today to discuss issues affecting women in mining. The Australian High Commission hosted the event […]

“Comply & Explain in Canada – One Year On” by Michèle McCarthy

A year ago, the Ontario Securities Commission and certain provincial securities regulators signed on to amendments to National Instrument 58-101, Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices, that required disclosure by non-venture issuers of the number of women on their boards of directors and in the ranks of senior management. This disclosure requirement made it possible to […]

Meet Oyunsuren Nyamjav, Truck Driver at Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi Mine

Driving for diversity at Oyu Tolgoi Rio Tinto’s newest mine – Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia’s South Gobi desert – is also one of the industry’s most gender-diverse. The copper and gold mine, which began production in 2013, has a workforce of nearly 40 per cent women – employed at all levels of the business. It’s […]

Lots of women in mining on the panel at ECOWAS in Accra on the 7th of October

Georgette B. Sakyi-Addo is Chair of WIM Ghana. She will be representing  us at ECOMOF, 1st ECOWAS Mining Forum & Exhibition, taking place from 6 – 8 October 2015. Women in Mining Senegal, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire as well as Women in Mining West Africa (WIMOWA) will also be on the same panel. Session […]

Kate Hobbs & Aimee Chadwick behind mentoring programme developed for women in mining in Australia – 2 women making change happen

New support system for SA women in mining Valerina Changarathil, The Advertiser, September 22, 2015 Aimee Chadwick and Kate Hobbs. Pic Roy vanDerVegt. WOMEN within the South Australian resources sector now have a psychologist-assisted, mentoring program designed by the sisterhood to find career growth partners. The pilot initiative by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy […]

Bank of Montreal playing its part in boosting diversity in the metals & energy finance industry

Mining Journal, 18 September 2015 BMO backs mining and energy diversity by donating £90,000 (US$139,627) to provide new opportunities for women in the field. (photo: Women in Mining UK) The donation, made as part of BMO’s Equity through Education Scheme and funded through commissions on institutional equity trades the bank executed on September 17, will […]