BEHIND THE ACRONYM

IWiM | WIM Champion

 

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 women in mining and diversity and being the voice of women in mining vis-à-vis regional, national and local industry and 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 associations we know of:

  • Registered national WIM organisation, including regional chapter or local affiliates
  • Independent registered regional/local group not affiliated to or part of a national WIM organisation
  • Additional registered national WIM group (some countries have two national WIM organisations)
  • Informal WIM group with some physical activities
  • Informal WIM group existing only on one or several 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 groups (Non-WIM)

  •  Affiliate or section of industry, or other professional organisation (national, regional, continental and international)
  • Women networks in sectors with an overlap