Letter to the Editor: Strictly Boardroom by Sabina Shugg, Founder of WIMWA

Monday, 24 November 2014 LAST Monday’s Strictly Boardroom column by Vikki Lauritsen and Allan Trench* prompted a response from Women in Mining Western Australia founder and chair Sabina Shugg. I’d like to take this opportunity to respond to the letter to the editor from Anonymous as it was a big step for her to come […]

Australian resource employers developing strategies to increase women's participation in the resource industry to 25% by 2020

Women untapped resource for industry AS THE G20 leaders commit to reducing the gender employment gap in their respective nations, Australian resource employers are developing strategies to increase women’s participation in the resource industry to 25% by 2020. The Australian Women in Resources Alliance forum, hosted by national resource industry employer group Australian Mines and […]

The Role of Men in Fostering Female Talent

As Vice President, Marketing for Catalyst, Inc, Michael Chamberlain is responsible for the care and promotion of the Catalyst brand. He also heads up the Editorial and Publishing functions. Additionally, he plans and oversees all Catalyst events related to Catalyst initiatives. He is a frequent speaker to corporate audiences and the media on engaging men […]

MCA, BHP Billiton and Downer Mining award scholarships to help women in mining become 'board-ready'

The Minerals Council of Australia has awarded four scholarships to women for studies to help them progress towards Company Board positions, in conjunction with member companies BHP Billiton and Downer Mining. The scholarships, valued at $9,200 each, have been awarded to women working in the mining industry to enable them to complete the Australian Institute […]

MCA, BHP Billiton and Downer Mining award scholarships to help women in mining become ‘board-ready’

The Minerals Council of Australia has awarded four scholarships to women for studies to help them progress towards Company Board positions, in conjunction with member companies BHP Billiton and Downer Mining. The scholarships, valued at $9,200 each, have been awarded to women working in the mining industry to enable them to complete the Australian Institute […]

All Female E-Mail at BHP Shows Mine Shift From Boys’ Club

Bloomberg News, by David Stringer Oct 22, 2014 – see the article online The e-mail Jacqui McGill received from one of her teams at a BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) coal mine in northern Australia contained great news: output delays were down 75 percent in a year. That wasn’t the only reason she let out a […]

Belinda Parmar makes a poignant call for diversity in the Guardian

Belinda Parmar is the founder and CEO of LadyGeek and author of The Empathy Era. Extract: “Diversity, if it is to be more than a buzz-word, needs to be fundamentally plural. What it calls for is an integrated, comprehensive shift in corporate culture, not a series of online workshops and a three-monthly review. And for this […]

The HeForShe campaign

Very emotional speech by Emma Watson launching a new campaign for gender diversity at the UN. It is one of the most trending videos across social media worldwide.  International Women in Mining Community supports this campaign. Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014 – Official UN Video Emma Watson, British actor and UN Women Goodwill […]

Workplaces must appoint more women to executive positions, says president of Catalyst

Precedent, 24 September 2014, by Daniel Fish Catalyst President Deborah Gillis told hundreds of professionals that to increase the percentage of women in senior corporate roles, men must become part of the solution Gender equality under the law is important — but to achieve real gender equality in the workplace, it’s simply not enough, Deborah […]

“You don’t need to recruit to improve diversity” – Diversity Network

At Diversity Network we are well and truly aware that the mining boom is over. The focus is now is most definitely on increasing productivity. A recent ANZ study described by Pulse Mining Services*, has called this Phase III of Australia’s Mining Boom.** The focus on productivity has resulted in recruitment slowing (or stopping) for […]

"You don't need to recruit to improve diversity" – Diversity Network

At Diversity Network we are well and truly aware that the mining boom is over. The focus is now is most definitely on increasing productivity. A recent ANZ study described by Pulse Mining Services*, has called this Phase III of Australia’s Mining Boom.** The focus on productivity has resulted in recruitment slowing (or stopping) for […]

Nadia Younes, global diversity & inclusion lead at Rio Tinto spoke at TEDxMontreal

Nadia Younes has over eighteen years of experience developing and launching strategic cross-cultural, diversity and change initiatives in the financial, biotech, pharmaceutical and non-profit sectors She has also taught cross-cultural and conflict prevention & management communications with various universities and colleges, city governments, and public service departments. Ms. Younes currently leads the global diversity & […]

Codelco, the company with the highest percentage of female employees in Chile

8.5% of all Codelco’s 1600 employees are female which Codelco claims is the highest percentage in Chile and there are 6 times more women professionals and executives than 15 years ago. These figures were released on the 6th of March of this year. 15 years ago the only female employees worked in administrative back office […]

Will Glencore Plc have woman director on board by end of the year?

Glencore Plc disclosed on Tuesday at its AGM in Zurich that it will appoint a female to its board by the end of the year, a move that will end its stance as the only FTSE100 company with an all-male board. Positive but somehow a bit late and people now expect more than one female […]

A practical guide on maternity & parental leave

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) has published a guide to help mining companies effectively help their employees who are either going into maternity or paternity leave or returning. It comes with helpful checklists and is directed at the employees themselves, managers and HR professionals and colleagues taking into account the whole context. […]

Dean Laplonge publishes a book on gender in mining

Dr Dean Laplonge who specialises in gender in mining through his consultancy Factive has recently published a thought-provoking book. Just the words of the intro which can be downloaded (see link below) resonate. We hope people will start listening to what he has to say as the mining industry really needs to change in many ways to […]

Presenting Resourceful Women

I would like to present “Resourceful Women” a diversity consultancy from Australia entirely dedicated to the extractive industries. I toyed with the idea of setting up a diversity/gender equity consultancy last year as I believe there is a hole/need for it in the market. I ended up not doing it. I wanted to grow the […]

Women of Osisko Mining Corporation

To mark the occasion of Women’s Day, Osisko Mining Corporation presented a booklet entitled “Women of Osisko” to showcase the success stories of some of the women who work at Osisko. March 2014 We commend Osisko for this initiative! Read the book.

Feminine mining clothing

Here at WIM Community Portal we tend to mention women working in the sector rather than for the sector. Therefore, today I would like to give centre stage to 3 women entrepreneurs who are working towards improving work conditions for the women of our industry,  initiatives set up by women for women. More women are now […]

Starting a campaign: our very own WIM stock imagery

[Updated 21st June 2015] Check out our refreshed Intl WIM Community Gallery and the sub-set available for download Int WIM Community Stock Imagery Campaign. If you have an image to contribute to our Gallery, please email media@womeninmining.net ******** Do you all remember my previous post “Changing the Way we Look At Women” about how women are perceived […]

Multiculturalism, Global Economics & Miscommunication

This blog post is prompted by Darlene Duerks sharing the following article with the Women in Mining LinkedIn Group: How To Say “This Is Crap” In Different Cultures, published by Erin Meyer in the blog of the Harvard Business Review on the 25th of February. She talks about the different ways different cultures present and […]

Changing The Way We Look At Women

When I worked on the new website last year and needed to find photos I – like everyone else – looked on Stockphoto and Getty to find images, and it was dire and discouraging. Women are mostly “models” and none of the poses look natural; it looks as staged as is. Even more difficult to […]

WIM UK: Mining for Talent – Part 2 has been published

Mining for Talent – a Review of Women on Boards in the Mining Industry is out and was launched at a WIM UK networking event last night hosted by PwC and attended by many members and supporters. This report is the second in a series of three undertaken by WIM (UK), analysing gender diversity at […]

Gender equality in the UK: The next stage of the journey

Gender Equality in the United Kingdom (link to full report) September 16, 2013, Bain & Company A note from the authors Over the last 50 years, gender equality has transformed our society. No longer are specific jobs reserved for men or for women. Our universities are close to having true gender parity in admissions, and the […]

Interesting videos I have come across recently

Videos are powerful. They are great teaching aides and the communication tool of choice of our time. I love them and would love to have a regular video future, showcasing a different women working in mining from different countries, telling us who they are, what they do, what they like about mining and what mining […]

The latest Women Matter Survey (by McKinsey) is out!

“To ensure that corporate culture supports—not hinders—the ability of women to reach top management, companies must address mind-sets and develop a more inclusive, holistic diversity agenda. Female executives are ambitious and sure of their own abilities to become top managers, though they are much less confident that their companies’ cultures can support their rise. In our […]

Moving mind-sets on gender diversity: McKinsey Global Survey results

To ensure that corporate culture supports—not hinders—the ability of women to reach top management, companies must address mind-sets and develop a more inclusive, holistic diversity agenda. January 2014, McKinsey Female executives are ambitious and sure of their own abilities to become top managers, though they are much less confident that their companies’ cultures can support their […]

Men as Allies

January 17th, 2014, The Glasshammer.com In a piece by Maria Shriver called “The Unfinished Revolution” for Time Magazine, a man was quoted as saying, “We haven’t thrown some switch to go from a man’s world to a woman’s world. It’s more like we’re finally, for the first time, in a position where it’s no longer only […]

What is Good for Women is Good for Business

Article published by Joh Bersin on the 16th of January 2014 “This week The Shriver Report launched a groundbreaking report, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,” which describes the tremendous challenges women face in the US workforce. It makes the case that despite the promotion of high-profile women CEOs, there is still a significant wage and career […]

January musings

Continuing on the same vein as the last post and while we are still in January and reflecting on last year and the year ahead, I want to stop putting pressure on myself and only work on achievable goals, life should be a marathon and not a 200m hurdles race. This seems to be a […]

Lessons from the leading edge of gender diversity

Advancing women to the top may be a journey, but how to do so is no longer a mystery. New research by McKinsey points to four principles that can help just about any company. So no more excuses. Let’s make great strides in 2014! Share your success stories with us by emailing barbara@womeninmining.net and we […]

Disregard Diversity at Your Financial Peril: Diversity as a Financial Competitive Advantage

Vol. 3, No. 4 Sheryl L. Axelrod Sheryl L. Axelrod, a Diversity Fellow in the GPSolo and Small Law Firm Division, is president of The Axelrod Firm PC, a four-attorney, certified woman-owned law firm in Philadelphia. The firm is a member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). The data is […]

IFC & Lonmin Launch Guide Promoting Female Employment in Mining Sector

International Finance Corporation Press Release, 1st February 2010 In South Africa: Sabrina Hadjadj Aoul Phone: +27 11 731 3175 E-mail: Shadjadjaoul@ifc.org In Washington, D.C.: Josef Skoldeberg Phone: +1 (202) 473 6978 E-mail: jskoldeberg@ifc.org Cape Town, South Africa, February 1, 2010—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Lonmin Plc today launched a guide to help […]

UKRC Welcomes the Royal Assent of the Equality Act

11 May 2010 The Equality Act received Royal Assent on 8 April 2010, after completing its process through parliament where MPs approved the House of Lords amendments. The UKRC welcomes the passing of the Equality Act, which contains several measures for tackling inequality which we hope will help Britain to become a fairer society for women […]

Yes there is a place for Women in Mining

International Resource Journal, 10th August 2010 For years, women have slowly carved out roles for themselves in the mining and oil and gas sectors—though you’d be hard pressed to find industry statistics on women in resources, as research into the topic is really only just starting. The truth is, although women have the skills, the […]

Women in the Mining Industry by Jennifer Gorton

Jennifer Gorton, Forex Traders, 7th September 2010 The mining industry is one that has been dominated by men for centuries. However, this trend is beginning to change around the world.  Several factors are beginning to coalesce that are forming a strong trend of women entering into the mining industry.  Until the last decade, really, most […]

Glass ceilings, sticky floors and mid-level bottlenecks

Alison Konrad, Corus Entertainment Chair in Women in Management Volume 16, Number 9 September 2010 Alison Konrad finds that women and visible minorities are less likely to be promoted than white men. When Hillary Clinton conceded defeat in her presidential campaign, she told her supporters: “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest glass ceiling, […]

Women making inroads into male-dominated mining sector despite challenges

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi, Mining Weekly 9th August 2013 The mining industry has historically been characterised by a gender imbalance in favour of men, but some progress has been made in the last few years. Explaining the origin of this imbalance, Frost & Sullivan consultant for growth implementation solutions Nicole Hall says: “Traditionally, the industry has sourced its labour […]

Why we need more women in mining jobs

canadianminingjournal.com Article on the joint efforts by different stakeholders to increase the percentage of women in skilled trades in Canada GUEST PERSPECTIVE: Why we need more women in mining jobs Publication: Women Working in the Skilled Trades and Technologies  

Numbers don’t tell the whole story on gender diversity

Along with deductions, write-offs and reconciling accounts, Australian businesses have ended the financial year with their second report on diversity strategy and compliance with the ASX Corporate Governance Council (CGC). Statistics from the first year’s reporting looked encouraging, with more than… Focusing on the numbers will do little to improve gender diversity in Australian businesses. […]

Engaging Men in the Conversation

Male champions in the mining sector We want to celebrate the men who are promoting women in mining and helping to narrow all the existing gaps. The current champions that have come to our attention are Rob Doyle, Chief Financial Officer – Pan American Silver Donald Lindsay, President – Teck Resources Stuart Forrester, Narngulu Operations […]

Jessica Elzea Kogel: Q&A

With 25 years in the mining industry, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) president Jessica, Elzea Kogel, recalls being one of just a few women in senior management and in a technical role in her company. CIM eReporter caught up with Kogel prior to the Women in Mining forum to discuss her thoughts on diversity; […]

Changing companies’ minds about women

Article | McKinsey Quarterly Leaders who are serious about getting more women into senior management need a hard-edged approach to overcome the invisible barriers holding them back. September 2011, by Joanna Barsh and Lareina Yee Despite significant corporate commitment to the advancement of women’s careers, progress appears to have stalled. The percentage of women on boards […]

Creating a positive cycle: Critical steps to achieving gender parity in Australia

02/27/2013 By Bain and Company, in partnership with Chief Executive Women. Thank you for taking time to participate in the gender diversity research conducted earlier in 2012 by Bain and Company, in partnership with Chief Executive Women. We greatly appreciated your contribution to gathering data on the question of how to meaningfully increase the representation […]

Women still face gender gap in jobs and wages

11/06/2012 By couriermail.com.au WOMEN are closing the gender gap with men in health and education, but struggle to get top jobs and salaries, according to data from a study of 135 countries. “Gaps in senior positions, wages and leadership levels still persist,” even in countries that promote equality in education and have a high level […]

Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines – Women Making Strides in Mining

06/27/2012 By Barrick While the workforce in the mining industry is predominantly male, some women are ascending to senior leadership positions, a positive development that may signal a growing role for women in the industry. Eight women at Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines in Australia have ascended to senior leadership roles at the Barrick joint venture: […]

Neil Hamilton: Copper-gold miner OZ Minerals makes a stand on diversity

06/13/2012 By Brooke Showers http://www.miningnewspremium.net COPPER-gold miner OZ Minerals, an industry leader in achieving gender diversity targets, says the sector needs to grow its pool of women in senior executive roles and retain that talent to take on board positions. When OZ Minerals chairman Neil Hamilton first came on board in 2010, the first thing […]

Attracting and Retaining Women in the Australian Resource Industry

02/09/2012, By AMMA Mining Oil & Gas Jobs Strength through workforce diversity Last year AMMA introduced its members to the Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) – an initiative aimed at increasing female participation in the resources workforce. With 2012 well underway, AMMA director Minna Knight discusses AWRA’s message, objectives and how you can get involved. […]

Addressing Gender Pay Gap in Mining Requires Proactive Steps

10/10/2007, Published by The Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy In a time of booming commodity prices, salaries in the resources sector have risen at a faster rate than for any other industry. The most recent Employment & Remuneration Survey of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (“The AusIMM”) has indicated an average salary increase […]