International Women in Mining successfully launched the first-ever
International Day of Women in Mining (IDWIM)

IDWIM commemorated women’s perseverance, contributions, talent and spirit on the 15 of June 2022. The global mining industry was called on to celebrate female talent and contributions, and pledge to continue to work together towards gender equality in the sector.



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The launch of the campaign was commemorated by a 2-hr online celebration widely attended and discussed on social media platforms across all latitudes.



All photos received are being shared on social media daily and are part of the IWiM Photo Gallery. All videos received are shared on the IDWIM Playlist on our YouTube channel.




We are honoured to have Laura Tyler as the inaugural Campaign Ambassador:

With over 30 year’s international mining experience, Laura understands first-hand the outstanding role of women in mining and also the challenges women have faced in the industry. Laura has worked across technical and leadership roles for world-class mining companies such as BHP, Western Mining Corporation, Newcrest Mining and Mount Isa Mines.

Laura is a passionate advocate of change, driven to help continue the industry on its inclusion and diversity journey.



With over 1000 participants worldwide, the 2-hour virtual celebration was an all-around success. The programme included 4 keynote presentations by industry experts from relevant backgrounds and organisations.



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On this day we celebrate all women who were pioneers and paved the way for everyone else to join the industry.

United States

Lou Hoover | Fermina Sarras

South Africa

Sabine Anderson, first women to work underground and participate in the law being changed

Papua New Guinea

Alex Atkins was one of the first women working underground


We also want to highlight all the WIM leaders who took the first step to promote gender equality in mining in their own countries by creating, founding and setting up WIM organisations, CLICK HERE to learn more about them.



Thari women participating in flagship Women Dump Truck Drivers Program of SECMC in Pakistan

Lisa Sumi, IRMA

Ailie MacAdam, Bechtel

Mongolia –  G. Narantuya | Tsetstegbayar

Argentina – Edith Flores

Chile – Astrid Escobar

learn more about them HERE.


Kristy, you deserve so many accolades, we miss you!

An inspirational and passionate leader and fighter for inclusion and better workplaces for everyone in mining, especially for women working in underground mining! She started Shesfreetobe to help companies improve their workplaces and also sell urination and menstruation kits to women working in heavy infrastructure fields like mining that need to wear uniforms, work in shifts and can be far away from toilets and changing rooms for long hours.

Kristy sadly lost her battle with cancer in February 2022

Purple was her favourite colour.


We are dedicating the International Day Women in Mining 2022 to pioneers and inspirational women who left us too soon. They helped pave the way for many women to thrive in mining today.

Kristy Christensen, Founder of Shesfreetobe

Nana Akua Ohene Adu, Ghana


Sponsorship packages are still available: corporate contributions to the International Day of Women in Mining will provide a dedicated space to promote your company values and commitment to diversity and inclusion in mining. For benefits and further information contact Bárbara Alcayaga at