IWiM | Diversity Trend Setter

Collating data and devising innovative proposals

IWiM Thought Leadership and Research initiatives aim to contribute to change by highlighting best practices and developing proposals to address issues affecting women in mining. These are often conducted in partnership with other organisations pursuing similar transformation goals in extractives and/or other industrial sectors.

See some of our work highlighted.

We are open to collaborations, see below.

2020 – World Bank / IWiM: Impactful Women – Examining Opportunities and Constraints for Women in Mining Organizations Worldwide

IWiM has entered into a strategic partnership with the World Bank Extractives Team to produce a research paper examining the opportunities and constraints facing women-led organisations in the mining sector globally to achieve gender equality in the sector. The report will be published in the fourth quarter of 2020.

2019 – UNECE: Promoting Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Oil, Gas and Mining Extractive Industries – A Women’s Human Rights Report

IWiM participated via three interviews in this research led by Advocates of Human Rights for UNECE. The report describes what countries and companies need to do to support women in the extractive industries as well as the benefits they reap when they do so, having previously established that women are noticeably absent from much of the extractives industry.

Read the report here

2017 – Adam Smith International / IWiM: Can a Mining Law Unlock the Potential of Women?

Adam Smith International (ASI) and 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 15 key recommendations that have relevance for policymakers, development partners and industry players seeking to unlock the potential of women in the wider mining sector.

Read the report here

Call for Research Collaborations

We are actively working to develop our research capacity and to promote new collaboration opportunities with industry, academia, governments and civil society.

Researchers whose current or future projects are relevant to and align with IWiM’s mission are invited to apply to collaborate with IWiM. Possible avenues for collaboration with IWiM include:

  • Co-authored industry reports
  • IWiM providing in-kind support for academic research
  • IWiM partnering with NGOs to study topics of mutual interest


Benefits of research collaboration with IWiM include:

  • Access to IWiM social media and web promotion of research
  • Access to and coordination with 40+ WIM organisations representing a variety of communities, groups and interests, on all continents
  • Opportunity to work with IWiM researchers to connect, collaborate and identify gaps for further work

Research collaboration with IWiM provides researchers with international exposure in a growing field, while contributing to a business and gender cause. To apply or to receive more information, please contact: