International Day of Women in Mining

Published: 04/06/2022

Media Release 


IWiM Launches New International Day to Celebrate and Commemorate Women in Mining 

 Inaugural International Day of Women in Mining to take place on 15th of June 2022 and each year thereafter 


UNITED KINGDOM (4 June 2022) International Women in Mining (IWiM) is proud to announce the launch of the International Day of Women in Mining. This inaugural global celebration of women in mining is slated for 15th June 2022 and will be celebrated annually by all mining stakeholders. IWiM aims for the Day to be embedded into the mining sector’s global calendar to celebrate past, present and future women in mining. 

Barbara Dischinger, Director of IWiM commented, “We are inviting individual professionals, Women in Mining (WIM) organisations, mining companies, academia, supply chain, technical and professional service consultancies, sector associations, governments, unions, and civil society to join us in celebrating women’s perseverance, contributions, talent and spirit in the mining sector. This day will mark a turning point for the mining sector and pave the way for industry stakeholders to continue working for an enduring and more sustainable sector.” 

The International Day of Women in Mining is an annual campaign that will continue its work throughout the year. The day raises awareness of the achievements reached so far as well as the work that lies ahead to reach gender equality in the mining sector, and also promotes actionable initiatives for the industry to collaborate and to reach a more inclusive sector. 

On the 15th of June, we will commemorate the day with a 2-hour virtual event at 14:00 – 16:00 BST, under the theme #CelebrateWIM #CelebrateHer. The event, hosted by IWiM will feature keynote presentations by guest speakers as well as a lot of interactive participation for a vibrant celebration. 

Guest speakers include: 

  • Laura Tyler, Chief Technical Officer of BHP and International Day of Women in Mining 2022 Campaign Ambassador; 
  • Rohitesh Dhawan, Chief Executive Officer of International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM);  
  • Professor Deanna Kemp, Director of Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland; and 
  • Sheila Khama, Former CEO of De Beers Botswana and Natural Resources Policy Advisor at The World Bank and African Development Bank.  

When asked about her motivation to become Campaign Ambassador, Laura Tyler highlighted, “Being the Campaign Ambassador provides me with the chance to share my story, learn from others and promote women in mining to the globe! 

As part of the build up to this momentous day and event, IWiM is encouraging the global mining sector value chain to get involved. Participation includes becoming an event partner, sending through videos and photographs showcasing your daily work in the industry to IWiM, nominating pioneers, trendsetters and inspirational people or hosting events with your local mining ecosystem.  

Register for the event here. 

Learn more about International Day of Women in Mining here. 

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Barbara Alcayaga 

Campaign Manager 


About IWiM: 


International Women in Mining (IWiM) is a leading not-for-profit global organisation pursuing gender equality and promoting women’s voices, access to opportunities and leadership in mining.  

IWiM’s aim is to lead global change towards gender equality in mining by acting as: 

  • Industry Change Agent, making mining a more representative and inclusive industry via global initiatives and programmes 
  • WIM Champion Supporting growth and empowerment of WIM organisations globally and celebrating the achievements and contributions of women in mining worldwide 
  • Diversity Trend Setter, Research, policy and advocacy supporting the enhancement of women’s role and participation 

IWiM seeks to inspire both men and women to become advocates, change-makers and leaders in their businesses, communities and countries.  


IWiM connects with over 12,500 members and followers in over 125 countries and over 70 WIM organisations on all continents.  


Founded in 2007, IWiM operates with the support of valued sponsors and partners and a global team of Directors and volunteers who are active across all functions of the mining industry.