The call for change: from awareness to action

Attracting and retaining talent is a priority for mining, yet women remain under-represented: this is true in numbers, but also in the images, perception and discourse around mining. IWiM is addressing this by shining a light on women in mining (WIM).

This is not only about alerting stakeholders to the specific risks and challenges they encounter; it is also about celebrating their unique and outstanding contributions to the industry.

Creating positive role models for other women, whilst simultaneously putting the gender parity, diversity and inclusion agenda at the centre of mining conversations, is essential. Awareness is only the first step: even as leaders develop best practices and demonstrate the value derived from true diversity in their organisations, the situation of women in mining is not evolving universally or consistently. IWiM tirelessly raises the issues faced by women, and flags opportunities to increase the representation, recognition and role of women in all mining disciplines and at all levels of the value chain.

Increasingly, IWiM aims to participate in policy work that formalizes the progress of this agenda, in collaboration with WIM organisations worldwide, global businesses, investors, industry associations and international organisations pursuing similar transformation goals in extractives and/or other industrial sectors.