Open to all women in mining
Launched in 2014
Competition in 2017
- Publicise accurate depictions of women working in mining
- Showcase the amazing variety of roles in which women are employed in mining
- Reflect the growing number of women working in, around and with mining
- Provide younger women with strong role models
- Allow families, friends and stakeholders to understand women’s working conditions
- Support a change in cultural perceptions of women in mining in a male-dominated industry
How it started
This initiative started from a simple realisation: for a long time, even women in mining (WIM) organisations, including IWiM, had trouble finding strong, positive images of women in mining to support their visibility and awareness campaigns. This was also the case for other stakeholders and supporters of the gender parity, diversity and inclusion agenda.
IWiM’s efforts to gather images over the years increased steadily until 2017, when they were boosted by the organisation of a photo competition which attracted significant attention from global businesses, industry associations and international organisations pursuing similar transformation goals in extractives and/or other industrial sectors.
Find out more about the 2017 Photo Competition
UnEarth Photo Exhibition
In 2018, 40 entries from the photo competition submissions were chosen and turned into panels for a travelling photo exhibition. The Unearth Photo Exhibition was seen at conferences like Mining Indaba in 2018 and PDAC in 2019 and has also been to other countries: Mongolia, Solomon Islands, Chile, USA and Indonesia.