We finally launched the 1st international mentoring programme for women in the resources sector

After 1 year of working solidly on the first international mentoring programme we had our big launch in Canada on the 6th of March at PDAC in collaboration with Women in Mining Canada. This is IWiM’s commitment to #PressforProgress We launched with a final cohort of 42 women on the programme from student to senior […]

Naminata Kramoko – “Nothing is impossible; just start, trust in your potential and it will happen”

August’s Monthly Profile President of Women in Mining at Newcrest Ivory Coast and a member of WIM Ivory Coast, Naminata Kramoko believes that respect for people, having family support and being determined are crucial to achieving your goals. The business support and database superintendent at Newcrest Exploration has risen speedily through the ranks, seizing every opportunity […]

Karine Cliche – “Don’t give up. Things don’t fall into your lap, you have to go and get them!”

July’s Monthly Profile Canadian Karine Cliche’s energy and enthusiasm are palpable and she’s not about to give up. A mining geologist, she’s leaving the sector for now having battled with the ups and down of the industry’s hard financial times and an inability to get the job she wants. She’s faced a number of rejections […]

Winners of the International Women in Mining Impact and Influence Photo Competition 2017

International Women in Mining (IWiM) is excited to announce the winners of its photo competition sponsored by De Beers. Over 200 inspirational photos were received that illustrate the significant positive contributions that women are making in achieving an inclusive, thriving, safe and responsible mining industry. Download the press release here Judges A short list of […]

Can a mining law unlock the potential of women?

In April this year Adam Smith International (ASI) and International Women in Mining (IWiM) spoke with over 40 people working in the mining sector to understand whether introducing a specific gender focused law could increase the participation and empowerment of women. This in-depth research focused specifically on Malawi and Sierra Leone while also drawing out […]

Namrata Thapar – “For me, learning by doing is key!”

May’s Monthly Profile Namrata Thapar has led the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Mining team since 2015 playing a powerful role in developing its mining business with a focus on sustainability and development impact. For her, making a contribution beyond the monies — $924.37 million mining portfolio as of December 31, 2016 — given by the […]

2017 Nominations for Women in Industry – Australia

Originally published by Women in Industry – April 2017. Nominations are now open! Nominations are open in 10 categories across mining, manufacturing, engineering and road transport. NOMINATE NOWNominations will close on Sunday, 30 April. Social Leader of the Year This category recognises those individuals who have significantly effected positive change within their local or regional […]

Isabel Cartolin Navarro – “Mining has changed my life for the better”

April Profile / Perfil de Abril English / Español Peruvian artisanal miner, Isabel Cartolin Navarro, is breaking the mold as one of just two women miners working underground at the Cachihuancaray salt mine. The mine in San Antonio de Cachi is close to her home and has been exploited since the time of the Incas […]

Launch of WIM Mexico

WIM Mexico launched last October, a great way to officialise all the good work done on the ground for two years preceding the launch! La nueva era de las mujeres en la minería, Mujeres WIM México. Women in Mining llega a nuestro país, a través de Mujeres WIM México, una organización no gubernamental que nace […]

Women make up half of apprentices in mining program

Originally published by Australian Mining – February 2017. Young women will make up half the mining apprentices taking part in a work readiness program that kicks off in Queensland today. Thirty-one apprentices will be involved in the four-week BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) work readiness program, which is run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy […]

Euridice González – “The most important thing is to recognise when you don’t know how to do something and to want to learn”

Mexican Euridice Salome González Robles is helping shape change in her country’s mining sector and is keen to get women’s voices heard and included in the debate. For her, women complement men’s activities in the workplace. With women on board, there’s not just 50% of possibilities because it’s only the men’s perspective — the world […]

Dr Chandrani Prasad Verma – “Come what may, do not stop!”

January Profile Dr Chandrani Prasad Verma, India’s first female mining engineer, has opened up the path for other women in the country to take up mining careers, taking large steps for everyone. From a young age she decided she would follow in her father’s footsteps although women were not allowed to take mining degrees in […]

How Fortescue Metals became the second ASX company in Australia’s history to have a board dominated by women

Originally published by Women’s Agenda – November 2016. A few years ago Fortescue Metals Group was the last ASX50 company to have an all-male board. Less than three years on, it will become only the second ASX-listed company to have a board dominated by women.   Fortescue’s chairman and founder, Andrew Forrest, was unwilling to […]

Digging into diversity

Originally published by Northern Ontario Business – October 2016. When Anna Tudela walked into her first mining conference, she was the only woman in a room packed with men. She was sure she had found the wrong place. On October 18, the vice-president of diversity, regulatory affairs and corporate secretary at Goldcorp was happy to […]

Women In Energy

Originally published by Catalyst.org – November 2016. Globally There Are Fewer Women in the Energy Industry Than in Tech1 Only 5% of executive board members are women at the top 200 power and utility companies.2 Women are 14% of senior management at the top 200 power and utility companies. 3 Latin America, the Caribbean, and […]

Mining women empowerment programme launched

Originally published by Ghana Business News – November 2016. Going for Gold, a women empowerment programme that aims at working towards women living in and around artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mines in Ghana and Tanzania, has been launched in Accra. The partnership programme, which consists of Simavi, Solidaridad and Healthy Entrepreneurs, was in collaboration with […]

Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards open for nominations

Originally published by The Examiner – November 2016. PIONEERS: 2016 Tasmanian Women in Resources finalists Tarrisha Simpson, Kelly Down and Ariel Pasco formed the panel at the 2017 awards launch at QVMAG on Thursday. Picture: Hamish Geale Nominations for the 2017 Tasmanian Women in Resources Awards were officially opened on Thursday night at a launch […]

Meet the Woman who Fought Society and the Legal System to Become India’s First Female Mining Engineer

Originally published by The Better India – October 2016. Dr. Chandrani Prasad Verma fought tough odds to become India’s first female mining engineer. This is the story of her struggle, passion, dedication, and success. There was a time when virtually every profession in the country was dominated by men. But the winds of change have […]

Gold Industry Group brings together industry to promote diversity

Originally published by Gold Industry Group – October 2016. The Gold Industry Group hosted its inaugural Women in Gold event at The Perth Mint earlier this month, attended by more than 300 industry professionals. The event was hosted in conjunction with Women in Mining WA to recognise and promote women in gold. Headline speaker Gold […]

Australia’s richest woman invests £245m in UK’s biggest potash mine

Originally published by The Guardian – October 2016. Gina Rinehart signs deal with mine on edge of North York Moors given go-ahead last year after protracted planning battle Gina Rinehart’s company, Hancock Prospecting, signed a £245m deal with Sirius Minerals, which is behind the mine. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, has invested […]

Australian miners strike a chord on gender balance

Originally published by Herald Sun – October 2016. Noted geologist and former CSIRO chief Megan Clark is one of three women on Rio Tinto’s board. AUSTRALIAN miners are showing the way for their global peers on gender diversity, with women holding about a third of board seats at the nation’s biggest resources companies to buck […]

Gold industry talks diversity

Originally published by MiningNews.net – October 2016. THE Gold Industry Group put diversity firmly on the agenda on Friday when it hosted its inaugural Women in Gold event in Perth. Kelly Carter. More than 300 mining industry professionals attended the sundowner, which was held at the Perth Mint in conjunction with Women in Mining WA. […]

WIMWiN Mine Your Potential event

Elvia Torres Morales of Mosaic Potash Esterhazy attended the WIMWiN Mine Your Potential event in September in Saskatchewan. Here are highlights: Key Note Speaker: “Meandering through a career in Mining” – Dr. ‘Lyn Anglin Chief Scientific Officer at Imperial Metals Corporation based in Vancouver discussed her career path and some key decisions she made and what […]

Chandrani is mining sector’s first woman PhD

Originally published by The Times of India – September 2016. Nagpur: While it is still a male-dominated sector, a woman from Vidarbha has made a name for herself in the mining industry which has a reputation of being rough, remote and dangerous. At a time when girls were barred from even considering an education in […]

Empowering women is ‘critical’ in the mining industry – Teke

Originally published by Mining Review Africa – September 2016. Southern Africa Chamber of Mines president Mike Teke says the empowerment of women is critical to help the mining industry deliver on its transformation objectives. Speaking at the “Innovation in Mining Workshop” hosted by Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) on the sidelines of the Electra Mining […]

Nominations open for 2017 Resources Awards for Women

Originally published by WIMARQ – September 2016. Date: Wed 8 Mar 2017 Venue: Sofitel Hotel Format: Awards and breakfast Host: BHP Billiton Nominations are now open for the QRC/WIMARQ BHP Billiton 2017 Resources Awards for Women. Winners of these awards become finalists in the Women in Resources National Awards, and we’d love a repeat of […]

Mine Your Potential conference aims to attract women to mining, nuclear sectors

Originally published by Saskatoon StarPhoenix – September 2016. Cameco Corp. Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Officer Alice Wong addresses the 2015 Mine Your Potential Conference in Saskatoon. Photo by Cassie Cos. CASSIE COS / SASKATOON About a quarter of the people who work in Saskatchewan’s mining sector are women — more than double the national […]

WIMWA Mentoring Program S1 2017 mentee applications are now open

Originally published by WiMWA – September 2016. Are you interested in being mentored by some of the most inspirational men and women around town? Would you like to build your professional networks? How about receiving individual support, advice and guidance from a male or female mentor that lives and breathes the same industry as you? […]

Machinery hindering women miners

Originally published in The Daily Mail – September 2016. MWAPE MWENYA, Lusaka LACK of machinery has continued to be a hindrance to production and business competition for Zambian women in mining, says Gramiraj Investments Limited proprietor Mary Lubemba. Ms Lubemba said in an interview that lack of machines is prompting women miners to trade in […]

The problem with KWG’s Ring of Fire video

Canada’s KWG Resources recently came under scrutiny for a supposedly ‘educational’ YouTube video they released. The video, entitled 5 Interesting Ring of Fire Facts seems innocuous enough, until you realise that these facts are being presented by women in bikinis, in an apparent attempt to entice younger workers to the industry. We do not agree with […]

Mining for talent – A study of women on boards in the mining industry

Original article published by PWC , August 2016. Mining for talentAdobe PDF Format “Profit margins are higher for mining companies with women on the board” We have published a report in conjunction with Women in Mining on trends of women on boards and senior executive positions in the global mining industry. Some key findings from the […]

A Conversation With The Minister For The Status Of Women

This article was originally published in The Manitoban – September 2016. Patricia Hajdu discusses the MMIW inquiry, sexual violence, pay equity, reproductive rights and more with the Manitoban Patty Hadju. Photo by Robert Thivierge Federal status of women minister Patricia Hajdu is no stranger to the struggles of being a woman working in volatile environments. Prior being […]

Women in Mining One Walk media posts to fight cancer

Dear mining industry communicators and friends: Most of you know about the successful fund-raising that Women in Mining groups across Canada have done, particularly for cancer research and treatment in the last decade. Between WIM Toronto and WIM Vancouver, we have raised a lot of money to fight cancer. The WIM Toronto branch is in the […]

‘But you’re a girl…?’ – Emma Haddon on her career in mining

This article was originally published by the AusIMM Bulletin magazine – August 2016. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked ‘are you a cleaner here?’ or ‘how did you get this job, you don’t see many girls out here?’ since working in the mining industry, I could buy you all a […]

Women rock the mining world

Elena Mayer galvanizes women in mining “Inspired by the likes of Pat Dillon, Anna Tudela, Maureen Jensen and Deb McCombe, I saw that I could play a role in empowering and connecting women within the mining industry. And so Women Who Rock was born,” declares President and Founder Elena Mayer (IMBA ’15). In 2015, Women […]

Hunter Valley geologist heading to Antarctica for international leadership course

PHOTO: Geologist Marianne Harvey is travelling to Antarctica in December. (1233 ABC Newcastle: Robert Virtue) The icy scenery of Antarctica is a long way from the rural farmland of Farley in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, but for 20 days in December, the beauty of the frozen white mass will greet Marianne Harvey every […]

Women dig mining

Geologist Lesley Weston holds a piece of quartzite while doing field work. Supplied by Lesley Weston The world has changed since Janeanne MacGillivray challenged Subsection 10 of the Yukon Mining Safety Ordinance that stated “no female person shall be employed in underground work in any mine.” That was in 1975 when MacGillivray headed north to […]

South Africa’s Mining Industry: Turning Waste into a Profitable Business

Although her background is in investment analysis, Olebogeng Sentsho entered the South African mining and waste management industry after she found there was a demand in recycling steel balls from mines. From there Yeabo Mining was born. Yeabo Mining is a 100% black woman-owned enterprise that’s doing its best to support other women in the […]

The story of Elizabeth; a welder at Newmont’s Akyem mine

Elizabeth Amofa, an employee of Newmont Ghana’s Akyem Mine grew up in the mining community of Obuasi. Like many other mining communities, Obuasi has spawned a mining industry that is predominantly male. Growing up however, Elizabeth developed the passion for welding and made up her mind to succeed in it regardless of the widely held […]

Celebrating women behind mining and wastewater use

Dr Jo Burgess, WRC Research Manager “If you don’t put anything in, you won’t get anything out. If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well.” Dr Jo Burgess is not only one of only a handful of women to become President of one of South Africa’s leading water sector institutions – the Water […]

Support for women working remotely in blokey industries

  A mentoring program that helps women working in remote areas in traditionally testosterone-fuelled industries like mining and construction is gaining traction. The federal government announced a further $490,000 this week for the Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) e-mentoring program. The e-Mentoring program, an initiative of the Australian Mines and Metal’s Association (AMMA), is […]

Seven mining centres planned to boost artisans’ skills

Seven regions will soon have mineral exploration and processing centres, thanks to a strategy that the government has devised to promote mining activities in the country. The government has through the Ministry of Energy and Minerals worked out the strategy to upgrade the capacity of small scale miners in the country to conduct profitable mining […]

Nevada Mining Association hosts Elko event for women leaders

Women from all over the state visited Elko in August to tour local mines and hear from Betty Gibbs, who has been in the industry for 50 years and is the executive director of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America. The event was hosted by the Nevada Mining Association, Newmont Mining Corp. and the […]

Women stay down and earn less in mining, construction and finance: report

Women’s participation in the workforce may have increased over the past 20 years, but entrenched stereotypes about where women can work haven’t. A report released from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency on Tuesday found that despite an increase in women’s participation in the workforce over that time, women are still much more likely to hold CEO or key management […]

Women reach for success in new mentoring program

A new mentoring program has been launched in Brisbane to help women develop their careers in Queensland’s resources industry. The Women in Resources Mentoring Program is an initiative of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ), following a successful pilot program that ended last year. It was unveiled by […]

Zandile Buthelesi – “The sky’s not the limit, your mind’s the limit… Success is in the palm of your hands”

August profile South African, Zandile Buthelesi, is General Manager Projects at African Exploration Mining and Finance Corp. Her motto is: "if you are somewhere that does not serve your purpose then you leave and you go and find it somewhere else". This is something she has done in her career. A passionate advocate of women [...]

2016 WIRNA Finalists Announced

The 2016 Finalists Twenty four individuals and five companies from the Australian resources sector have been selected as finalists for the 2016 Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA). The finalists will be celebrated and winners announced at the 2016 Women in Resources National Awards presentation diner proudly hosted by The South Australian Chamber of Mines […]