Catherine Walubita: “My experience in rising to a leadership position within the mining industry has been both exciting and challenging: challenging, in that I have had to work harder to prove myself in a male-dominated industry…; exciting, in that it allowed me to challenge the status quo.”

International Women in Mining Profile: Catherine Mwale Walubita Catherine Walubita was not only the first woman to graduate in the field of Mineral Processing and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Zambia — but she graduated at the top of her class. She has since risen through the ranks from a graduate metallurgist at Konkola […]

Lindiwe Nakedi: “Opportunities are many if you’re willing to ask questions and learn. Be willing to start right at the bottom. No task is beneath you: your work ethic and attitude speak volumes. And take initiative! Don’t wait to be given opportunities: just take a chance and know that you will learn to swim even if you’ve been thrown into that deep end.”

International Women in Mining Profile: Lindiwe Nakedi Lindiwe Nakedi is the CEO of a South African 100% black-female-owned exploration drilling company that she started with her geologist husband in 2008. She holds a BA in Industrial Psychology and has no formal technical training in mining or engineering, but has achieved success in this male-dominated business […]

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 […]

IWiMSpeakUp conference speakers at the Group of Experts on CMM

IWiMSpeakUp worked with conference organizers to connect with female coal specialists Sandra Seabela and Bobbie Foot to speak on women in mining at the 14th session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane at the United Nations, 7-8 November 2019 in Geneva. An article entitled, Women in the coal sector: from barriers to […]

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 […]

Female Leader, Florence Drummond, Indigenous Women in Mining & Resources Australia

Source: Femeconomy interview Florence Drummond, Co-Founder of Indigenous Women in Mining & Resources Australia (IWIMRA), is on a mission to connect every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman working in the mining and resources industry across Australia, to support each other in their career journey. From her home base in Weipa, Florence and her sister are rallying […]

Mining Indaba: Women in Mining ebook

Inspiring the Next Generation of Women in the African Mining Industry A report highlighting the progress and potential of advancing the diversity agenda in African mining Investing in African Mining Indaba's ebook has been published. It includes an introduction by Harry Chapman, Head of Content for Mining Indaba, and their diversity agenda for the February [...]

New IWiM Board

International Women in Mining (IWiM) expands global network, governance and STEM skills with new board appointments NewIWiMboard_press-release LONDON, May 2019: Leading NEDs, Gillian Davidson and Alex Atkins, have joined IWiM’s board as the organisation looks to expand its network, continues to grow and gives a voice to its members worldwide. Gillian Davidson, who is the [...]

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, […]

Thandi Mazibuko: I am the future

Thandi Mazibuko grew up in a small community near Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) operation in KwaZulu-Natal. As a young child, when walking to school, she would see RBM vehicles driving past and she decided she wanted to work for the same company. Little did she know that one day she would become the […]

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 […]

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 Investment Asia/Women in Mining Day

SOUTH EAST ASIAN MINING AND GENDER DIVERSITY ISSUES AT GLOBAL MINING PLATFORM Mining Investment Asia, South East Asia's largest mining investment conference, was successfully held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 28 – 31 March, bringing together more than 300 global and regional investors, miners and service providers for networking and business partnerships. Asia’s Inaugural [...]

Launch of WIM Mexico

WIM Mexico launched last October, a great way to officialise all the good work done on the ground for two years preceding the launch! La nueva era de las mujeres en la minería, Mujeres WIM México. Women in Mining llega a nuestro país, a través de Mujeres WIM México, una organización no gubernamental que nace […]

Who is Who Q4 2016

Quick snapshot of job changes and promotions by women in mining Australia Fortescue Metals has added 2 more women on its board making it only the second company on the ASX to have more women than men on their corporate board and the first company to have 5 women on their board “Penny Bingham-Hall spent […]

Gina Rinehart paints mining trucks pink in honour of breast cancer victims

Originally published by The Daily Telegraph – October 2016. WHEN Gina Rinehart steps foot on her Roy Hill mine in the Pilbara’s rugged and dusty terrain her mother is not far from her mind. Having lost her mother Hope to cancer more than 30 years ago, the mining magnate is honouring all women who 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 […]

Australia’s richest woman invests £245m in UK’s biggest potash mine

Originally published by The Guardian – October 2016. Gina Rinehart signs deal with mine on edge of North York Moors given go-ahead last year after protracted planning battle Gina Rinehart’s company, Hancock Prospecting, signed a £245m deal with Sirius Minerals, which is behind the mine. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, has invested […]

Gold industry talks diversity

Originally published by – October 2016. THE Gold Industry Group put diversity firmly on the agenda on Friday when it hosted its inaugural Women in Gold event in Perth. Kelly Carter. More than 300 mining industry professionals attended the sundowner, which was held at the Perth Mint in conjunction with Women in Mining WA. […]

Chandrani is mining sector’s first woman PhD

Originally published by The Times of India – September 2016. Nagpur: While it is still a male-dominated sector, a woman from Vidarbha has made a name for herself in the mining industry which has a reputation of being rough, remote and dangerous. At a time when girls were barred from even considering an education in […]

Empowering women is ‘critical’ in the mining industry – Teke

Originally published by Mining Review Africa – September 2016. Southern Africa Chamber of Mines president Mike Teke says the empowerment of women is critical to help the mining industry deliver on its transformation objectives. Speaking at the “Innovation in Mining Workshop” hosted by Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) on the sidelines of the Electra Mining […]

2017 CME Women in Resources Awards

Originally published by CME WA – September 2016. Established in 2010, the Women in Resources Awards (WIRA) recognise individuals and organisations working to build a world-class industry which provides attractive career opportunities and enhances the recognition and participation of women in the sector. More details can be found here. The entry process encourages individuals and […]

Rebecca Knol appoints as SACOME CEO

Originally published by Australian Mining – September 2016. Rebecca Knol has been appointed as head of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy. She replaces Jason Kuchel, who announced plans to depart in July, after nearly a decade in the role. Knol will step into the position on 17 November. Commenting on her appointment, SACOME […]

Machinery hindering women miners

Originally published in The Daily Mail – September 2016. MWAPE MWENYA, Lusaka LACK of machinery has continued to be a hindrance to production and business competition for Zambian women in mining, says Gramiraj Investments Limited proprietor Mary Lubemba. Ms Lubemba said in an interview that lack of machines is prompting women miners to trade in […]

Women dig mining

Geologist Lesley Weston holds a piece of quartzite while doing field work. Supplied by Lesley Weston The world has changed since Janeanne MacGillivray challenged Subsection 10 of the Yukon Mining Safety Ordinance that stated “no female person shall be employed in underground work in any mine.” That was in 1975 when MacGillivray headed north to […]

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 […]

The story of Elizabeth; a welder at Newmont’s Akyem mine

Elizabeth Amofa, an employee of Newmont Ghana’s Akyem Mine grew up in the mining community of Obuasi. Like many other mining communities, Obuasi has spawned a mining industry that is predominantly male. Growing up however, Elizabeth developed the passion for welding and made up her mind to succeed in it regardless of the widely held […]

Celebrating women behind mining and wastewater use

Dr Jo Burgess, WRC Research Manager “If you don’t put anything in, you won’t get anything out. If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well.” Dr Jo Burgess is not only one of only a handful of women to become President of one of South Africa’s leading water sector institutions – the Water […]

Seven mining centres planned to boost artisans’ skills

Seven regions will soon have mineral exploration and processing centres, thanks to a strategy that the government has devised to promote mining activities in the country. The government has through the Ministry of Energy and Minerals worked out the strategy to upgrade the capacity of small scale miners in the country to conduct profitable mining […]

Nota para la igualdad Nº 19: Aumenta sostenidamente la participación de las mujeres en la Minería Chilena

El sector minero representa una oportunidad para la autonomía económica de las mujeres, y su incorporación aumenta la productividad e innovación de la minería, contribuyendo así al desarrollo sostenible. La Industria minera mantiene un papel determinante en la economía de un significativo número de países en la región. Considerada como un sector estratégico por su […]

All in a days work for celebrated Geochemist

The burly, blackened blokes who are stereotypical of the resource sector are taking a back seat as the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council celebrate the skilled females who keep the plants ticking. In conjunction with the Women in Mining Network Tasmania (WIMnet), the 2016 Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards recognise the contribution of females and celebrates […]

First woman surveyor joins Qld board

Karen Norton who is a Director and part owner of Gladstone surveying consultancy MPA Surveying has been appointed to the Surveyors Board of Queensland by the minister for Natural Resources and Mines.  THE first woman surveyor has joined the state’s surveying regulator, the Surveyors’ Board of Queensland. Central Queensland cadastral surveyor Karen Norton was appointed […]

Women in mining in Canada

Mining has traditionally been made of a predominately male workforce, and although the trend is that males still dominate the mining industry, there are signs in recent years that indicate that there is a growing role for women in the mining industry. However even though it appears that there are more women in mining than […]

Women influence in artisanal and small scale mining unreported

The significant role of women in artisanal and small scale mining goes underreported while there is more focus on the number of women in boardrooms of listed mining companies in Africa, according to a recent study on women in artisinal and small scale mining by African Centre for Gender of the Economic Commission for Africa. […]

Nevada’s Mining Industry Looks To Boost Female Ranks

From geologists to truck drivers, women have been working jobs in the mining industry for much of the last half century. Yet for all their progress, women are still largely under-represented in the industry, prompting some trade groups to take a closer look at gender disparity. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey brings us the first […]

Mining – it’s not just about rocks!

This article was originally published by the AusIMM Bulletin magazine – June 2016. ‘Mining is the extraction of minerals and metals from the earth…’ or so the definition in the dictionary goes. Stephanie Mathews. When people talk about mining, it is usually described as lots of dust and dirt, heavy duty machinery, high-vis clothing and […]

Women in the mining industry: challenges remain

Hiring and retention of women remains a challenge in the mining industry in Saskatchewan, whose needs for labour are nevertheless great. Moreover, they account for only 14% in the mining industry, while women account for 47% of the general workforce. Véronique Loewen, Director of Communications at Areva. In the province, women come together to try to […]

Femmes dans l’industrie minière : des défis persistent

L’embauche et la rétention de femmes demeurent un défi dans l’industrie minière de la Saskatchewan, dont les besoins en main-d’œuvre sont pourtant grands. De plus, elles ne comptent que pour 14% dans l’industrie minière, alors que les femmes représentent 47 % de la main-d’œuvre générale. Véronique Loewen, directrice des communications chez Areva. Dans la province, des […]

Women of Dinagat coastal village take the driver’s seat

The women drivers pose during a training break. In a remote coastal village in Dinagat province, a group of mothers is breaking out of the mold. Determined to improve their lives, the women are taking the driver’s seat, literally. “I never imagined myself driving cars to make a living. Seeing vehicles climbing steep hills and […]

From Tarkwa to Westminister, Hilda to Churhhouse

In January 2016, I participated in an IIED Action Dialogue on ASM. IIED is advocating for reforms in the Artisanal and Small Scale mining sector of Ghana and the great news in this advocacy effort is the fact that they have the support of the Mining sector as a whole: Civil Society organizations in the […]

After topping 14% in early 2015, women representation in South Africa’s mining industry now 10%

Women make up 21% of the boards of the top 500 companies listed on the JSE, the highest percentage of women on boards worldwide, according to nonprofit organisation Women in Mining South Africa chairperson Noleen Pauls. Pauls, who is also a geology operations manager at geological, mining and environmental consulting services company The MSA Group, was […]

First female mine safety commissioner to start on Monday

As a young mining engineer in South Africa, Katherine du Preez faced a challenge – it was illegal for women to work underground. She became the first woman in that country to hold a mine manager’s certificate of competency, however, and on Monday will be appointed Queensland’s first Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health. She […]

Pink truck fleet delivers message of hope

May 3, 2016 Sharon Masige Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill mine’s entire haul truck fleet will be painted bright pink to raise awareness of breast cancer and highlight the growing role of women in mining. Hope, the first pink truck and named after Rhinehart’s mother, transported a load of iron ore to a crusher after the […]

Women in Mining 2016

MEI Blog – Tuesday, 15 March 2016 The photo below was taken at the Camborne School of Mines Final Year Dinner in 1977: and this one two years later with the first graduates in Mineral Processing Technology from CSM: The link is pretty obvious- not a female face in sight.  CSM was founded in 1888 […]

Nevada: A Champion to Women in Mining

March 8, 2016 Contributed from Dana Bennett, President of the Nevada Mining Association. March commemorates both International Women’s Day (March 8) and Women’s History Month. As such, it’s a good time to look back at the progress made by women in mining and to look toward a promising future. In 1965, Newmont poured its first […]

Ladies of the Mines in Colorado

We’re probably all familiar with the Hollywood stereotype of the 19th century mining town harlot with a heart of gold. Less familiar is the role women played in mining history in the Centennial State, where many of them inhabited hardscrabble mining towns alongside their male counterparts. They prospected, including Mary Cathleen Gortner, the first woman […]

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 […]

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 […]