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Impact and influence photo competition zooms in on women in mining

Celebrating women’s contribution to the mining industry through a diverse lens is the aim of the International Women in Mining (IWiM) photo competition.  The competition theme Impact and Influence builds on this year’s International Women’s Day theme, Be Bold for Change.

The mining industry is male dominated with only 5-10% of the mining workforce made up of women and 7% of directorships held by women according to a 2014 study by Global Mining Standards and Guidelines group. Raising the visibility of women challenges gender stereotypes and attracts more women to the industry.

IWiM’s mission is to implement projects that drive the development and participation of women in mining. IWiM is a network of people passionate about bettering standards for women in mining with 9000 plus members.

The project IWiMSpeakUp aims to increase the number of women presenting at mining conferences, and the Women on Boards initiative targets increasing the number of women serving on boards.

For the competition, IWiM welcomes a broad range of submissions from across the mining value chain: submissions that send a powerful message on women’s role in mining from industries, governments, NGOs, and academia are encouraged.

Sponsorship from De Beers Group has funded competition prizes. Entries close on 16 April and will be judged by a distinguished panel including 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); and Franz Gonzalez, Analyst, Ministry of  Development Planning, Bolivia.

IWiM hopes to use the winning entries in a travelling exhibition and celebrate women for their significant footprint in the mining sector.

Submit entries at http://internationalwim.net/


About IWiM

IWiM is a global network of individuals working together to pursue a more inclusive environment for women in mining. IWiM works on the advancement and promotion of women striving to close the gender gap in the industry. IWiM implements initiatives that improve gender balance in the mining industry and fosters professional development of women in mining. For more information about IWiM visit http://internationalwim.org.


Contact: muzag@internationalwim.org for enquires. 

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Comment by Jacinta Okwaro on March 15, 2017 at 15:49

Great initiative Muza. We have shared this with our partners across the region and we hope one of them wins. Please keep us updated. 


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