Global Voice for WIM
IWiM | WIM Champion
There are a multitude of organisations primarily focused on progressing the interests of women who work in, around and with the mining sector, on every continent: all count as Women in Mining (WIM) organisations and can access the resources, support and network of IWiM.
IWiM’s role among other WIM organisations
Although they will all share a common vision, the objectives and forms of WIM organisations vary: IWiM’s role is to support and complement other WIM organisations’ activities, services and growth, and serve women in the mining sector globally, particularly where there are no WIM organisations. This matches the truly global nature of the mining sector, and the gender parity agenda within it, whilst recognising the importance of addressing local or group-specific issues at the appropriate level.
IWiM develops only Global Projects, Campaigns, Connections and Resources which do not duplicate or overlap with other WIM organisations’ activities; in addition, all IWiM Global Projects, Campaigns, Connections and Resources are open for WIM organisations to participate in and/or benefit from, for their organisation or members. In particular, IWiM does not organise events except in connection with its Global Projects or Campaigns, but rather advertise the events of all WIM organisations to encourage any IWiM members and followers, or potentially interested parties, to join these depending on their location and availability. Check out our events calendar
Behind the WIM Acronym
It is vital that women’s individual and collective voice be heard for the industry to improve in diversity, governance and sustainability. Women in Mining (WIM) organisations play an essential role by bringing women and stakeholders together, supporting diversity and being the voice of women in mining in regional and national initiatives.
There are a multitude of organisations primarily focused on progressing the interests of women who work in, around and with the mining sector, on every continent: all count as WIM organisations and can access the resources, support and network of IWiM.
Although they will all share a common vision, their objectives and forms vary: WIM organisations mostly evolve organically and are structured, managed and financed in accordance with their member composition, location, context and purpose; most are independent but welcome coordination and joint initiatives; there can be several in a single country, not necessarily linked to one another; some include male members or supporters; some are organised under the umbrella of an industry association or a business; and their number fluctuates as some appear and others are dissolved or become inactive.
IWiM and other WIM organisations take a very inclusive view of “women in mining”, considering that this encompasses any women working in, around or with the mining sector, including professionals in the industrial mining sector (large-scale mining or LSM), owners and operators of artisanal and small-scale mining operations (ASM), professionals in associated and supporting industries including technical and professional services, regulators and government officials, academics or representatives of civil society organisations and movements, particularly those impacted by mining.
Types of Women in Mining organisations we know of:
- Registered national WIM organisation, including regional chapter or local affiliates
- Independent registered regional/local organisation not affiliated to or part of a national WIM organisation
- Additional registered national WIM organisation (some countries have two national WIM organisations)
- Informal WIM organisation running like a registered organisation
- Informal WIM organisation existing only on social media
- University chapter (affiliated or not to a national WIM organisation)
- Dormant/inactive WIM organisation
- Minority – e.g. indigenous WIM organisation
- Multi-country WIM organisation
- Continental WIM organisation
- Company WIM networks (female networks within a mining company)
Additional organisations (Non-WIM)
- Affiliate or section of industry, or other professional organisation (national, regional, continental and international)
- Women networks in sectors with an overlap: engineering, construction, trades, geosciences etc.
Meeting of Leaders of WIM Organisations during PDAC 2020