Women in the C-Suite | Highgrade Special with Gladys Smith

Gladys Smith heads the Latin America Team for IWiM and helped to kickstart women in mining groups. In this video she shares her views on stereotypes and it’s impact on the extractives sector. This interview is part of a Highgrade Special series on gender equality in mining. A collaboration with gender equality champions the German […]

Women in the C-Suite | Highgrade Special with Gillian Davidson

The gender debate is gaining momentum around the world – but the mining sector has been behind the curve. Up to this point, the conversation in the industry has been fragmented, sketchy, and to a large extent, emotional and reactive. Highgrade Media, alongside gender-equality champions Gillian Davidson, Gladys Smith, The German Development Agency GIZ and […]

Maryville University’s Definitive Guide to All-Gender Inclusion

Source Gender inclusion is a concept that transcends mere equality. It’s the notion that all services, opportunities, and establishments are open to all people and that male and female stereotypes do not define societal roles and expectations. While the United States has made dramatic strides in narrowing the gap between the sexes, statistics show that […]

International Women in Mining: Inclusivity in mining

Barbara Dischinger and Camila Reed from International Women in Mining discuss the organisation’s tireless work to promote and build inclusion in the industry. Since its creation in 2007, International Women in Mining (IWiM) has never wavered in its pursuit of increased diversity. It was formed to provide a solution for several gaps in the industry […]

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

With the aim of focusing the extractive industry’s attention on gender diversity, the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), Adam Smith International, and International Women in Mining (IWIM) organized a high-level event on the margins of the African Mining Indaba 2018. The gathering in Cape Town on February 6 introduced gender-proactive legislation to its audience and […]

Status Assessment of Women Working in Mining

Invitation to participate in a survey If you’re a woman working in the core business of a mining organization, you can assist Dr. Doret Botha at the North-West University, School for Social Sciences, with her research on assessing the status of women working in mining by answering some questions on her survey. Dear Prospective Participant, […]

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 […]

Can a mining law unlock the potential of women?

In April this year Adam Smith International (ASI) and International Women in Mining (IWiM) spoke with over 40 people working in the mining sector to understand whether introducing a specific gender focused law could increase the participation and empowerment of women. This in-depth research focused specifically on Malawi and Sierra Leone while also drawing out […]

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 […]

A Conversation With The Minister For The Status Of Women

This article was originally published in The Manitoban – September 2016. Patricia Hajdu discusses the MMIW inquiry, sexual violence, pay equity, reproductive rights and more with the Manitoban Patty Hadju. Photo by Robert Thivierge Federal status of women minister Patricia Hajdu is no stranger to the struggles of being a woman working in volatile environments. Prior being […]

Women stay down and earn less in mining, construction and finance: report

Women’s participation in the workforce may have increased over the past 20 years, but entrenched stereotypes about where women can work haven’t. A report released from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency on Tuesday found that despite an increase in women’s participation in the workforce over that time, women are still much more likely to hold CEO or key management […]

Kandjoze wants more women in mining

MINISTER of mines and energy Obeth Kandjoze says unless companies applying for mining licences employ more women in management positions, they will find it hard to get permits from his office. He said this at the inauguration of the Walvis Bay Salt Holdings’ expansion project on Monday. “For every licence issued, there are conditions that […]

Advancing women in mining and resources in Singapore

With research indicating that at executive management levels, women only represent 11.48% of roles within the top 500 mining companies globally, there is a need to re-evaluate what more can be done to promote gender parity trends in the industry. In light of this, PwC Singapore partnered with Women in Mining and Resources (WIMAR) Singapore […]

Gender Pay Gap in Mining Sector

New report shows $100K gender pay gap for top tier managers A report released today reveals that among top tier managers in Australian organisations, men are paid on average $100,000 more per year than women. The report, Gender Equity Insights 2016: Inside Australia’s Gender Pay Gap, also revealed for the first time a measurable link […]

Codelco questioned by participation in Expomin treatment of women at the fair and called for changes

  Codelco nearly withdrew from participating in Expomin 2016, a fair which meets every two years for the mining world. The reason stated? The treatment, allegedly, given to women at this event. In addition to the usual promoters and models at such meetings, the fair invitations were distributed at nightclubs and promotional teams of these centers nearby. State […]

Codelco puso en duda participación en Expomin por trato a mujeres en la feria y pidió cambios

  Codelco estuvo a punto de restarse de participar en Expomin 2016, la feria que reúne cada dos años a todo el mundo minero. ¿La razón de la estatal? El trato que, estiman, se les da a las mujeres en este evento. Además de las promotoras y modelos usuales en este tipo de encuentros, en […]

What 20 years of the gender wage gap looks like in Canada

Despite growing awareness of the wage gap between men and women, little progress has been made over the last two decades to close it. A tar sands worker at the Syncrude mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta.   What has two arms, two legs, and works for 14 per cent less than another equally capable […]

Sexual harassment Let us start by defining it, what is sexual harassment? Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a horrible boss and a sexual harasser. And does it mean that there is no sexual harassment happening in your operations just because there are no statistics of it, or none reported? Do victims even […]

Nurturing The Next Female Generation

Eighteen months ago, I asked my four-year-old daughter what would she like to be when she grows up. She responded without hesitation that she would like to be a princess. Whilst on the outside I supported her choice and told her the importance of education in becoming a princess, on the inside I cringed a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Goldcorp : Expands First Company-Wide Development & Mentorship Program for Women in Mining

27 February 2015 New stage of Creating Choices focuses on leadership and career planning Vancouver, British Columbia, February 27, 2015 /3BL Media/ –GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) this week launched the next stage of Creating Choices, the first company-wide development and mentorship program for women in mining. First introduced in 2010, the popular initiative […]

Goldcorp : Expands First Company-Wide Development & Mentorship Program for Women in Mining

27 February 2015 New stage of Creating Choices focuses on leadership and career planning Vancouver, British Columbia, February 27, 2015 /3BL Media/ –GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) this week launched the next stage of Creating Choices, the first company-wide development and mentorship program for women in mining. First introduced in 2010, the popular initiative […]

"The diversity challenge" by Alice Clark

AusIMM Bulletin, Feb 2015 By Alice Clark FAusIMM(CP), Director CdeK Geological & Mining Services, AusIMM President 2011-12 Greater workforce diversity offers opportunities the minerals industry is yet to fully embrace When I took the role of AusIMM President in 2011, many people were focused on the fact that it was the first time a woman had […]

“The diversity challenge” by Alice Clark

AusIMM Bulletin, Feb 2015 By Alice Clark FAusIMM(CP), Director CdeK Geological & Mining Services, AusIMM President 2011-12 Greater workforce diversity offers opportunities the minerals industry is yet to fully embrace When I took the role of AusIMM President in 2011, many people were focused on the fact that it was the first time a woman had […]

Sharefair on Gender Equality in the Extractives Industry

Dear Members, UN Women, in partnership with The Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) in Kenya and several other partner agencies are planning for a Sharefair on Gender Equality in the Extractives Industry. The Sharefair will be held in Nairobi later this year (September has been proposed).  If you may be interested in participating in the […]

Stop blaming women for not pushing for pay rises

The Male Champions of Change was a group started by the Australia Human Rights Commission in 2010. However, their recent press shows that the issue of women’s representation in leadership is still a minefield to navigate, when our prevailing culture and workplace structure are more suited to men. Society has made great progress in improving female representation […]

Where Are the Women at Davos?

The Guardian, 24 January 2015 The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting focuses on equality and inclusion, but female delegates make up only 17% of the attendees The portion of female participants at the World Economic Forum meeting is at the stunningly low level of 17% . Davos is both a victim and an indicator of […]

Pay Gap between genders is unacceptable

It’s 2015 and my New Year’s Wishes are that more girls study science subjects and get degrees in STEM subjects, that more women enter the mining sector, that more women rise through the echelons of companies regardless of sector but especially in mining and that more women grace our boards this year but also I […]

Mining Coal and Undermining Gender: Rhythms of Work and Family in the American West

Though mining is an infamously masculine industry, women make up 20 percent of all production crews in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin—the largest coal-producing region in the United States.  How do these women fit into a working culture supposedly hostile to females?  This is what anthropologist Jessica Smith Rolston, herself a onetime mine worker and the […]

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 […]

Engaging men, celebrating men who get it & lots more

As Catalyst rightly says “Men have a critical role to play in creating inclusive workplaces.” Yet too often men are an untapped resource in gender initiatives.” Catalyst research shows that the more men know about gender inequalities, the more likely they are to lead efforts to close the gender gap. To learn more about the […]

An article reporting on women affected by mining in DRC

A Fair Stake in the Ground Why keeping women away from Congo’s mines — which are rife with exploitation and sexual violence — could do more harm than good. Foreign Policy, by Jill Filipovic, 21 April, 2014 Link to online article ” BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo — Bembeleza Mungo Akonkwa, 41, cradles her infant son […]

60% of Women in Mining don’t Report Discrimination

Queensland Mining & Energy Bulletin, 23 April 2014 “60 per cent of women in mining don’t report discrimination for fear their claims will not be taken seriously by their male superior, according to new research just released. The report, by Beyond Recruitment Group, also found that 70% of the blue-collar female workers surveyed had routinely experienced discrimination […]

“…although mining industry can improve women’s quality of life, international mining companies still need to promote women to play active roles in the mining industry and community."

Monday, April 14, 2014 Equitable Employment for Women in Mining Industry in Laos and Thailand Over the last six months the Australian-based Equitable Employment for Women in Mining Companies in Laos and Thailand research project led by Associate Professor Natt Pimpa and involving a team of researchers from RMIT’s School of Management and Global Urban […]

Women in underground mining: Going beyond policy in South Africa

I found this news article recently (which I quote in its entirety in blue below) and was fascinated by the question it poses and seeing things through Dr Govender eyes. I wonder if the research has progressed and if there is an update. I plan to contact the CSMI (Centre for Sustainability in Mining & […]

WRS interviews Wilhemina Manaso 

WRS, Thursday, March 27th 2014 Wilhelmina Manaso, Mine Manager, BHP Billiton in South Africa shares her experiences and advice for women embarking on a career in the Mining industry… “There are a lot of barriers caused by my gender; as a woman, if you’re doing well in a male-dominated industry they think you’re having an […]

Glass Ceiling Index

To coincide with International’s Womens’ Day, the Economist launched a Glass Ceiling Index that showcases the best countries to work in and the worst. The percentage of women in higher education, labour force, senior management & parliament and other indicators like pay gap, child-care costs, maternity rights & business-school applications determine a country’s score. The table is […]

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 […]