2021/2023 – IGF Mining/UNDP EGP/ILO/IWiM – Women & the Mine of the Future

The Women and the Mine of the Future Project aims to establish a baseline to uncover the existing profile of women employed in large-scale mining and in its supply chain.

The lack of a consistent baseline regarding the gender situation of large-scale mining employment is preventing any meaningful policy reforms and development for future employment in the sector. The data challenges render any forecasts for the mining workforce, suppliers, and host communities weak and speculative.

Against this backdrop, the Project will seek to establish a baseline to uncover the existing gender-disaggregated profile of workers in the large-scale mining sector and in its supply chain, with a particular attention paid to participation of women. The Project aims to understand what global trends, such as the adoption of new and disruptive technologies and rising demand for minerals for the low-carbon transition, may hold for women, whether at the workplace (directly at mine sites, remotely in control rooms etc.) or in the supply chain.

The project will be conducted in three phases, as follows:

  • Phase I: A baseline analysis will be conducted in 12 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, Mongolia, Peru, South Africa, Sweden and Zambia) and will focus on the existing occupations and skills profiles of men and women in the large-scale mining sector.
  • Phase II:  Map the changes in occupational structures and skills requirements needed for future jobs in large scale mining.
  • Phase III: Analysis of the participation of women in mining supply chains. The analysis will take into account the changing nature of supply chains, due to new mining technologies and the low carbon and energy transition.

Slide presentation

Global Report Phase I

Country Reports

Project web page: Download high-resolution infographics and read the disclaimer and methodological note for more information

Barbara Dischinger: Establishing Baseline Data for Women and the Mine of the Future, Oct 2021

Chilenye Nwapi, IWiM’s Head of Research digs into the data: Exploring the ILO’s Gender Disaggregated Data on Mining Employment, March 2022

Ege Tekinbas: How Will Women Fit Into the Mining Workforce of the Future? To mark IDWIM, June 15 2022

Chilenye Nwapi : Women’s Employment in Mining: Data analysis details the relationship between education and opportunity, 18 May 2023



2020/2021 – 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.

You can catch up on the launch event of the ‘Impactful Women’ report via the Recording of launch event panel of 09/03/2022

Read the Report

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



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 leading organisations and policy shapers.


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, 70+ WIM organisations representing a variety of communities, groups and interests worldwide
  • Opportunity to work with IWiM researchers to connect, collaborate and identify gaps for further work

To apply or to receive more information, please contact: