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 […]

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 […]

Mentorship is a key ingredient in advancing women in Mining says Jenny Kalidheen

04 AUG 2015 When Jenny Kalidheen first stepped into the diverse world of mining, she had no idea what to expect. One thing was for sure, it was rough, it was rugged, it was mining. Nothing could have prepared her for the realities. Now after 12 years in the industry and as manager for SHE […]

Being a women in mining in the 1960s: well done to Dr Sandra Close for persevering and being a role model to so many!

ABC Goldfields, By Nathan Morris, 5 August, 2015 A woman on the frontier during the West Australian mining mad men days Dr Sandra close was one of the first female field geologists to work in the Australian mining industry back in the early 1960s – a time when the number of women in the industry […]

Women on Boards Webinar Programme – Session 4 on August 12

Session 4: Gender Diversity on Boards Regulatory & market-led reforms, global snapshot Mandatory Quotas: Italy, France, Norway, EU directive Voluntary Targets: UK Comply & Explain Disclosure: Canada & Australia Board evaluation & tenure Speaker: Carol Nolan Drake, Co-Chair Shareholder Responsibilities Committee, International Corporate Governance Network 12 August, 6am Vancouver, 7am Denver, 9am Toronto, 2pm London, […]

First Lady of Zambia calls for more women in mining

Times of Zambia, Published On July 22, 2015 By Hildah Lumba, written by Helen Zulu  FIRST Lady Esther Lungu has called for more women participation in the mining sector in the country. Ms Lungu said there was need for more women participation in the mining sector in an effort to empower them. She said this […]

News from WiRV (Women in Mining and Resources Victoria) – joining WIMnet + name change

WiRV is proud to announce that they have formally become a subcommittee of the AusIMM (Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy) Women in Mining Network (WIMnet) and are now referred to as: “Women in Mining and Resources (WiRV) – a subcommittee of the AusIMM Women in Mining Network” and are also referred to as “WIMnet Victoria.” They also proudly broke […]

Gender & Extractives Convention – Uganda (21-22/07/2015)

WOMEN ENGAGEMENT IN EXTRACTIVES BENEFITS FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND THE COUNTRY KAMPALA, 21 JULY, 2015: Global Rights Alert (GRA) will for the next two days; the 21st & 22nd of July 2015 bring together experts and participants in the oil, gas and mining industry to discuss the role of women in sustainable exploitation and development in […]

Gender & Extractives Convention – Uganda (21-22/07/2015)

WOMEN ENGAGEMENT IN EXTRACTIVES BENEFITS FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND THE COUNTRY KAMPALA, 21 JULY, 2015: Global Rights Alert (GRA) will for the next two days; the 21st & 22nd of July 2015 bring together experts and participants in the oil, gas and mining industry to discuss the role of women in sustainable exploitation and development in […]

Meet our Head of Media close up: find out more about Holstein Wong and her job

Pit Stop No14: Holstein Wong’s mining journey Posted on 8 Hours Ago by miningdiaries I studied a Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering (Honours) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. I also travelled to Swansea University, Wales for a semester on international exchange. I’m now a Graduate Processing Engineer for […]

Are you a Nunatsiavut women working in mining? Come forward to participate in a focus group, deadline tomorrow

McMaster University and other universities, along with the Nunatsiavut Government, will be involved in a research project with Nunatsiavut women who work in mining and other industries. Suzanne Mills is an Associate Professor at McMaster University. She says this project will look at how mining affects gender relationships between women and men in the community. Also what types of roles […]

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 […]

Women on Boards Webinar Programme – Session 3 on July 13

Session 3: “Edge Up YOUR LinkedIn Presence to Gain That Corporate Board Seat” Everyone understands the potential for LinkedIn, but how much visibility can a board candidate expect to produce? Despite the bad rap social media gets from time to time, LinkedIn simply cannot be ignored. It is the go-to network for professionals looking to advance their careers. Speaker: […]

Do you want the tools to sit on a Board?

Webinar Series: Addressing the underrepresentation of women on Boards Dear members of the International Women in Mining Community: We are thrilled to announce our first Women on Boards Webinar Series! 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 […]

Recent female Board Appointments in Mining

Fire River Gold Announces the Appointment of Stacey Bligh as a Director View PDF Effective May 21, 2015, Stacey Bligh has been appointed as a director of Fire River Gold Corp. (the “Corporation”) (NEX:FAU.H) (CUSIP 31811Q304). Ms. Bligh has been working with publicly listed companies for over 17 years in various administrative and management roles. […]

Women on Boards Webinar Programme – Session 2 on June 22

Session 2: Board Journey Action Plan / What Do You Need To Do To Get a Board Seat Self-assessment / skills inventory Develop your brand/value proposition Gain non-profit board experience Develop and leverage a powerful network Get educated Speaker: Tracy Houston, board e-Guru – 22 June, 10pm GMT / 5pm EST / 5am AWST Details of the […]

Zambian State to revive “Women in Mining” Initiative

Published in Times of Zambia on June 15, 2015  By Hildah Lumba  By BENNET SIMBEYE  – Johannesburg South Africa THE Government will revive the women-in-mining initiative as part of a programme to continue empowering women in Zambia, President Edgar Lungu has said. The President said women had shown potential in mining entrepreneurship in the past and […]

Zambian State to revive "Women in Mining" Initiative

Published in Times of Zambia on June 15, 2015  By Hildah Lumba    By BENNET SIMBEYE  – Johannesburg South Africa THE Government will revive the women-in-mining initiative as part of a programme to continue empowering women in Zambia, President Edgar Lungu has said. The President said women had shown potential in mining entrepreneurship in the past […]

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 […]

Is the industry under threat to lose its senior female talent?

Lately a few of the women I spoke to/met said that they were really tired of fighting to be valued for their work and were seriously considering leaving the industry: I’ve heard of sexual harassment, lack of promotion, redundancy and unfriendly work environments. One of the women decided to vocalise how she felt and wrote […]

Equality, Diversity and A Boring Afternoon (A slice of mining)

We came upon this interesting blog post written by a male mining engineer writing about his view regarding the issue of women in mining and gender equality in mining. We liked his candid approach and hope for the future.   “It was a subject that was always at the back of my mind but I […]

Profile of Eira Thomas, CEO Kaminak Gold in Resource World Magazine

“Yes, I would [recommend a career in the mining industry to women at any stage of their lives].. I think that mining is a progressive industry”, Eira Thomas, CEO Kaminak Gold Corp – Resource World To read the interview click here

MCA, BHP Billiton & Downer Award Scholarships to Boost Female Participation in Mining

Posted June 2nd, 2015 for Minerals Council of Australia by Chris James – Assistant Director, Workforce Skills The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on Tuesday night presented five scholarships to boost the participation of young female engineers in the mining industry and train the female board members of the future. The MCA is delighted to announce that Fia […]

Copper mining is a woman's world, says Chile pioneer

April 2011 The explosion in the price of copper has triggered a boom in Chile, the world’s biggest producer, with mom-and-pop outfits now joining multinational firms in seeking out untapped resources. Among those entrepreneurs is Isabel Galleguillos, the nations’ first female copper mine owner.  

Patrice Merrin says that “Mining companies risk competitive edge without more women on boards”

This ties in nicely with our women on board webinar series and echoes the reasons why we decided to set it up   Mining Weekly, 13TH April 2015, by SIMONREES TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – Canadian mining companies should have more women on their boards to sharpen their competitive edge, increase diversity and boost creativity, Patrice Merrin told […]

Gender diversity and ‘Women Who Rock’

By: Elena Mayer, Special to The Northern Miner, 2015-05-13 The issue of gender diversity is gathering real steam in the mining industry, despite its reputation for being male-dominated. The recently introduced Ontario Securities Commission disclosure requirement that deals with representation of women on boards of directors is only the latest catalyst behind the industry taking positive […]

Gender diversity and 'Women Who Rock'

By: Elena Mayer, Special to The Northern Miner, 2015-05-13 The issue of gender diversity is gathering real steam in the mining industry, despite its reputation for being male-dominated. The recently introduced Ontario Securities Commission disclosure requirement that deals with representation of women on boards of directors is only the latest catalyst behind the industry taking positive […]

Do you want the tools to sit on a Board?

Webinar Launch: Addressing the underrepresentation of women on Boards Dear members of the International Women in Mining Community: We are thrilled to announce our first Women on Boards Webinar Series! 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 […]

Malawi: Madam Chilima Advises Women to Invest Time, Knowledge and Skills to Achieve Entrepreneurship Goals

By Linda Likomwa, 29 April – Malawi News Agency Madam Mary Chilima spouse to Vice President Tuesday said women should invest time, knowledge and skills to achieve entrepreneurship objectives. Chilima said this in Lilongwe, during the official opening of a two day Malawi Women Mining Association (MAWEMA), Annual General Meeting (AGM). “I urge you women […]

Former BlackRock mining fund manager Catherine Raw joins Barrick Gold

Fabulous news! Congratulations Catherine!!!   Mining.com, by Cecilia Jamasmie | May 1, 2015 Canada’s Barrick Gold (TSE, NYSE:ABX) has lured Catherine Raw, from one of the UK mining sector’s best known fund managers, into joining its executive team as the embattled gold miner deals with weak prices, shareholders anger and potential fines related to its shelved Pascua-Lama […]

Women in Mining USA announces new officers for 2015-2016

Women In Mining announced recently the 2015-2016 officers for the WIM National Organization and WIM Education Foundation. The the officers selected for the National Organization include President Darlene Bray of the California Chapter, Vice President Gina of the California Chapter, Treasure Bonnie Love and Secretary Betty Mahaffey of the Denver Chapter. The Education Foundations new […]

Women of Influence in the Canadian Mining, Metallurgy and Materials

Wish to participate in a project? / Women of Influence – Canadian Mining, Metallurgy, and Materials” Field Research Project University of Ottawa researchers are seeking to interview women across Canada with a science or engineering background currently working in mining for an oral history research project entitled, “Women of Influence in the Canadian Mining, Metallurgy, […]

Catch up on what's happened in the "women in mining world" the last month

Catch the latest news from WIM groups, read our new interview, register for our women on boards webinar programme and find out when the next WIM event near you will be Newsletter May 2015

Catch up on what’s happened in the “women in mining world” the last month

Catch the latest news from WIM groups, read our new interview, register for our women on boards webinar programme and find out when the next WIM event near you will be Newsletter May 2015

Women in Mining: Following the career of Welcha Minnie

21 Apr 2015 “- “Whatever you do,” a career counsellor once told Welcha Minnie, “never work with people.” Taking these words to heart, when she left school Welcha dedicated her life to working with rocks, which included earning a BSc Honours Degree in Geology. Now, Welcha is Senior ECOHS and Compliance Manager for Exploration at […]

Lecture focuses on women working in trade industries

Upper Michigans Source.com by Aleah Hordges Posted: 04.14.2015 HOUGHTON — Students and teachers at Michigan Tech got a better perspective on women working in certain trade industries. Monday’s topic focused on women in the mining and engineering industry. The presentation highlighted what it takes to be a miner and what qualities make a successful engineer. Ways to […]

Launch of Nominations for 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2015 

WIM (UK) today launches its search for the 2015 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining. In January, the final “Mining from Talent” report highlighted that there remains a general misconception within the mining community that there is a lack of female talent to fill both board and executive roles. With such a strong pool of […]

Mining’s message: Bennett, Amodei speak to Women in Mining

Elko Daily Free Press, 13 April 2015  •  MARIANNE KOBAK McKOWN mkobak@elkodaily.com See it in Print Nevada Mining Association President Dana Bennett speaks Saturday during the Women In Mining National Meeting at Stockmen’s Hotel and Casino.   ELKO – Spreading mining’s message was the theme of the Women In Mining national meeting in Elko. The […]

Betty-Ann Heggie talks about winning the Women Trailblazer Award at PDAC & on taking risks

When Women Take Risks in Business Huffington Post Blog, 04/02/2015 Recently, the Canadian Women in Mining described me as a risk taker when I was named their 2015 Trailblazer, a title which was both an honour and surprise. Me, a risk taker? Here’s the thing: I declined the opportunity to bungee jump in New Zealand, […]

Betty-Ann Heggie talks about winning the Women Trailblazer Award at PDAC & on taking risks

When Women Take Risks in Business Huffington Post Blog, 04/02/2015 Recently, the Canadian Women in Mining described me as a risk taker when I was named their 2015 Trailblazer, a title which was both an honour and surprise. Me, a risk taker? Here’s the thing: I declined the opportunity to bungee jump in New Zealand, […]

#WomenExcel: Women lead the way in Africa’s mining industry

23-Mar-2015 | Fadzai Nyamasve The history of mining globally has come a long way, particularly when it comes to women. As recent as 10 years ago, it was technically illegal for a woman to go underground in a mine in South Africa, and in Western Australia women were not permitted underground until 1986. Though now […]

Goldcorp’s Women in Mining

I Think Mining Blog, March 26, 2015 by Jack Caldwell   “Goldcorp has announced that it will seek to involve more women in mining.  That is admirable.  Here are some of my stories of women in mining. The bravest woman in mining I met was but twenty-eight.  She was beautiful and bold.  She drove a […]

Northparkes Mines recognises women in mining

March 6, 2015 Northparkes Mines today recognises the valuable contribution of women in mining as part of International Women’s Day. Stefanie Loader – Managing Director At Northparkes we believe the best workforce is a diverse one: it’s key to how we work and our overall success. Having women in our business enables us to achieve […]

Launching a new research study on women who work in resource industries and attitudes towards the environment

Factive is seeking women who are currently working in resource industries to participate in a research project which aims to explore their attitudes towards the environment. “Thanks to overwhelming support and a great response rate, we have already surpassed our target for number of respondents. The survey will however remain open until the end of […]

Meet Carol Poblete, Community Relations Analyst for Anglo American

05 MAR 2015 In 2013, the Agua Potable Los Caleos (Drinkable Water, Los Caleos) initiative was recognised by Applause, Anglo American’s employee excellence awards. The programme’s main aim was to provide drinking water to Los Caleos, an area low in hydrological resource. And it succeeded. Here we talk to Carol Poblete, community relations analyst for […]