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-Kalgoorlie

  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 […]

Meet Samantah Wood – Mining Production Supervisor

Interview by Steel Heels, 15/08/2015 Imagine being responsible for overseeing the safe production and maintenance of an iron ore mine located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. That’s about 1,800 kilometres northeast of Perth. There’s about 800 FIFO (Fly In Fly Out) workers on site, the majority of whom are men. And you’re one […]

WIMWA Mentoring Program 2016 – Mentee applications now open! (Australia)

“I am pleased to announce that mentee applications are now open for the WIMWA Mentoring Program 2016. This program is entering its eighth semester with almost 300 female mentees completing the program to date. Mentee applications for Semester 1 (Feb-Jun 2016) and Semester 2 (Jul-Nov 2016) can be accessed online Semester 1 mentee applications close […]

Workforce diversity and inclusion in the resources industry a source of competitive advantage

Blackwater, the “Coal Capital of Queensland”, has seen its fair share of the ups and downs of the commodities cycle. That didn’t stop this gathering of ladies from Wesfarmers Resources, Thiess, BHP Billiton Misubishi Alliance and Dyno Nobel, who enjoyed a social dinner at the Capricorn Hotel on Tuesday 15th September. The event was organised by WIMARQ in Blackwater. In times […]

Anglo American: Meet head of technology and innovation at our Platinum business, Jeannette McGill

Anglo American, 24 Aug 2015 Jeannette has always been a pioneer in mining. “While actual mining experience is essential, it’s important to remember, there is much more to mining than the mine and you need to look at the full mining cycle,” she says. This statement is testament to her career from her early days […]

Breaking Barriers by Living the Mining Dream – Meet Nditsheni Ramovha

Anglo American, 20 Aug 2015 For Nditsheni Ramovha, working on the mines has been a dream come true. “Pursuing a career in engineering has always been my dream and now I’m living that dream. Mining is seen as dangerous, rough and remote, but as a woman in mining I feel like I’m contributing towards changing […]

Rio Tinto: Driving diversity through technology and inclusion

Rio Tinto’s Kellie Parker has described how the company is creating a more inclusive culture, and how technology is presenting more opportunities for women in the mining industry, at the annual Women in Mining and Resources WA (WIMWA) summit in Perth. Kellie, who is managing director of Pilbara Assets & Development within the Iron Ore […]

Two Upcoming Women on Boards Webinars – Do you want to Find out How to Prepare for a Board Interview?

I hope you all had a great month! Tomorrow we have Session 4 of our Women on Boards Programme going live. Topic is Gender Diversity on Boards and we will cover: * Regulatory & Market-led reforms, global snapshot * Mandatory Quotas: Italy, France, Norway, EU directive * Voluntary Targets: UK * Comply & Explain Disclosure: […]

Women in Mining in Canada Changing the Mining Industry

by Dick DeStefano, Executive Director, SAMSSA One of most current issues in the mining community is the growing population of professional women who are actively participating in the mining work force globally. I recently wrote an article entitled, “What Would We Do Without Women in Mining?” describing an organization recently reconstructed and reorganized into an association […]

Women executives in the South African mining sector Johannesburg, South Africa –

Carl Bosman, Principal at Pedersen & Partners, participated in the Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) June event, where he presented data analysis on women executives in mining and the challenges of recruiting female executives into the sector. In his discussion of the expertise and skills shortages in the minerals sector, he highlighted that out […]

Alcoa of Australia launches workplace diversity initiative Catalyst for Change

Original story posted 08/13/2015 | 01:09am US/Eastern Employees from across Alcoa’s Western Australian operations made a pledge to support the advancement of women in the workplace at the launch of a global diversity initiative – Catalyst for Change – in Mandurah last week. Hosted by Pinjarra Refinery Manager Simon Pascoe, the event highlighted the importance […]

International Women in Mining Community featured in Resource World Magazine

Women on Boards program builds directorship skills The International Women in Mining Community was featured in the August/September issue of Resource World magazine! (see page 57) 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 the mining industry globally. […]

South Africa’s female miners break ground for their gender

AFP, 13 JULY 2015 RUSTENBURG — Deep underground, where huge conveyer belts haul rocks to the surface, 33-year-old mother of two Bernice Motsieloa represents the quiet revolution transforming the macho culture of South African mining. Ms Motsieloa is a shift supervisor at Anglo American’s Bathopele platinum mine — one of several thousand female miners employed […]

South Africa's female miners break ground for their gender

AFP, 13 JULY 2015 RUSTENBURG — Deep underground, where huge conveyer belts haul rocks to the surface, 33-year-old mother of two Bernice Motsieloa represents the quiet revolution transforming the macho culture of South African mining. Ms Motsieloa is a shift supervisor at Anglo American’s Bathopele platinum mine — one of several thousand female miners employed […]

Reflections on Gender and Fieldwork in Artisanal Mining in East Africa

Posted by Sarah Katz-Lavigne on Jul 20, 2015 in Africa, International Development. From June 29th to July 3rd I participated in a training workshop in Kampala, Uganda, that was organized by Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies; Partnership Africa Canada, a Canadian NGO; and DRASPAC, a Ugandan research institute. The workshop was a key part […]

A War Within Wars: The Impact on Women of the Violent Struggle For Natural Resources in the Congo

Download PDF Published by: Vermont Law School & CSRM   |    Author: Kyendamina Cleophace Mukeba Wars in the Congo for the last two decades have been a struggle characterized by a global competition between industrialized nations and the world’s emerging economies for easy access to the most strategic mineral use to advance innovation in […]

Women in Mining news from Latin America

Launch of WIM Mexico Women in Mining Mexico was officially launched in the presence of women from a high number of mining companies as well as government officials in mid June. Press coverage. You can find them on LinkedIn under WIM Mexico. For any WIM Mexico group enquiries contact Euridice Gonzalez, email, +52 6731 068 605 […]

WIM Chile launched in presence of Mining Minister and 200 women working in mining

Cerca de 200 mujeres en la primera cena de Women in Mining Chile Sustentare, Publicado el 13 De Agosto Del 2015 La entidad busca disminuir la diferencia de género en la industria minera, que más mujeres se inserten en esta actividad y generar redes. Cerca de 200 mujeres participaron en la primera cena del capítulo […]

BHP Billiton now has 3 women on its board! Yeah!

Shriti Vadera becomes senior independent director at BHP Billiton Shriti Vadera has been promoted at BHP Billiton. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian The Guardian, by David Hellier, Friday 14 August 2015  Mining has traditionally been a laggard in promoting diversity in the boardroom, but BHP Billiton has come up with not one but two big jobs for women […]

Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi spoke at Women in Mining Conference

The Minister of Mineral Resources of South Africa, Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi, held an address on the occasion of the 2015 Occupational Mine Health and Safety Women in Mining Conference at Birchwood Hotel on 6 August 2015. Here is the link to his speech    

Sonja van Rooyen talks of mining as a career path where anything is possible as long as you are flexible and like new challenges

“Why I chose to follow the family tradition” De Beers, 30 Jul 2015 What made you go into the world of mining? My parents could not afford to send two daughters to university and, since my younger sister showed the most potential, I decided to start working. At that stage, options for women were limited […]