Showcasing women in mining
In 2017, IWiM held a photo competition with the support of De Beers Group and Dfat, receiving over 200 inspirational photos illustrating the significant and positive contributions that women are making towards an inclusive, thriving, safe and responsible mining industry.
A shortlist of photos for the competition categories of Impact and Influence, Mentoring, Leadership and Initiative were judged by Bruce Cleaver (CEO, De Beers Group), Dr Sharman Stone (Ambassador for Women and Girls, Australia), Tom Butler (CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals – ICMM), Franz Gonzalez (Analyst, Ministry of Development Planning, Bolivia), Nelia Halcon (Executive Vice President, Chamber of Mines, The Philippines) and Veronica Nyhan Jones (Global Head Advisory Services for Infrastructure & Natural Resources, IFC).
Winners – Impact and Influence Category
Congratulations to Impact and Influence grand prize winner Elsa Nielsen, a jackleg miner at Goldcorp – Hoyle Pond Mine, Canada whose image “They thought I couldn’t do it” demonstrates a woman’s strength, tenacity and determination to achieve against all odds.
“They thought I couldn’t do it by myself – I cycled a jackleg slash. I mucked out the round before, I bolted up using a jackleg and a stoper installing 8′ rebar in the back, 4′ rebar in the walls and screened everything, I plotted my slash, marked off my face, and drilled and blasted a slash with the jackleg drill – all by myself. “