International WIM Newsletter, Vol. XXI: Autumn 2016
IWiM is dedicated to building an international community for all women in the mining and metals sector.
This is an exciting week for women in mining everywhere!
BHP Billiton announced on Wednesday 19th of October that is seeks gender parity by 2025
We congratulate BHP for making this bold target and we believe it will set a new benchmark and example for others to follow. It will signal to younger generation and to female professionals in the industry that things are shifting and diversity & inclusion is now part of the strategy.

Women in Mining UK launched their toolkit to help mining companies solve the issue of gender parity in the sector on Tuesday. It is a great document and we applaud them for the initiative.
WIM (UK) and EY Mentoring Kit

August and September continued to be busy with advancements on several projects as well as networking with WIM associations. WIM& WiN Saskatchewan held a successful "Mine Your Potential" conference featuring a dozen speakers focused on educating and empowering women in the industry while WIMWA held their inspirational annual conference (video).

The Women on Mining Boards webinar programme is still available in recordings format.
We are currently working on our board-ready database. If you wish to sit on a board or do already contact us. The IFC is currently collecting resumes from qualified women and will advance the ideas of having more women on boards at a sustainability seminar they are hosting at the end of the year.

The IWiM SpeakUP project will have several IWiM members participating in a panel discussion at The Mining Show 2016 in Dubai in October. If you are interested in being considered for speaking opportunities, please contact us, as we hope to have speaking opportunities for IWiM members of all levels of experience and areas of expertise. We have a special forum on our website for speaking opportunities so do register with us.

#IWiMmeetups on Twitter & Facebook
Attending a conference or an event?  We invite you to communicate your upcoming engagments with the IWiM community to connect with other members and volunteers attending various mining events/social gatherings: The aim of the hashtag is to bring awareness and join our members (who use social media) at mining meet ups that may be happening in their area.  Our Twitter Handle is @IntWIMCommunity and FB page link
We are aware that not everyone is willing to share on an open forum like LinkedIn on topics like harrassment, careers and much more in case it might affect their future prospects so we have started setting up forums on our website by topic and will add more.

Benefactors: Grant Thornton agreed to be our pro bono accountants and Simmons & Simmons are giving us pro bono legal advice. We thank them for their support!

We are looking for donations to finance our projects.  Please send us any introductions or ideas of funding you may have.  Contact us.

Barbara & the Volunteer Team
Monthly High Profile Interviews

Peruvian Lita Calenzani has spent 30 years in the mining industry and says if she had to live her live over and choose where to work, she would choose mining again. She took the opportunities that were offered to her and moved from roles traditionally held by women in mining firms in Peru to “male roles”. Boosted by the confidence and belief in her good work that she was given by the company, Lita took on new challenges while raising three young girls. She believes the thing you must have is self-confidence and the ability to find a solution at all times. For those starting out she says you must like what you do. Click here to read her interview


Marianne HarveyHer advice is to be confident and not be afraid to speak up because a little bit of self-promotion goes a long way as demonstrated by our male peers, who've dominated mining in the past.

Marianne is an Australian geologist that is pushing at the boundaries as she prepares for an all-female science voyage with Antarctica as the backdrop.  Come December she'll spend 20 days on a boat headed to Antarctica as part of the Homeward Project.   Click here to read her interview.


Zandile Buthelesi“If you are somewhere that does not serve your purpose then you leave and you go and find it somewhere else” 

  South African, Zandile Buthelesi, is General Manager Projects at African Exploration Mining and Finance Corp.  A passionate advocate of women in mining, she believes that for young women starting up, you need roles models and someone to hold your hand, to understand that this path is walked on and that it is something that you can do.  She wants to encourage women to network and to take control of their careers, because she says no one else is going to do it for you.   Click here to read her interview.
Articles and WIM groups' initiatives from around the world

WIM Group Global Recaps: Australia l North America l Africa l South America l UK | Asia
Read up on activities from WIM chapters around the world
Tips for networking & engaging with our large global IWiM community

Keep up to date with what's happening around the world with our Blog, our library and our additional WOB reading list

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Your Support

International Women in Mining is a notforprofit and has to raise almost all of its income through donations and other forms of funding. We really appreciate the support you give us as a Member and your help is incredibly important in sustaining the continuous development of our programmes.
We wanted to let you know that this winter we will be working on the Women on Boards database, collaborating  with more conference organisers to provide you with more speaking opportunities and launching a best practice pilot. It will provide projects and programmes with a global focus.   

donating today you will be helping to support this new and exciting programme and make a real difference in getting these projects off the ground.  

Advertise your job vacancies with IWiM and reach thousands of qualified female mining professionals. 
We link into 9200+ women in mining in 100+ countries and are connected with over 40 local women-in-mining chapters.
Your employment opportunities will also be visible to highly engaged contacts in universities, colleges, women’s groups around the world, and professional bodies that encourage the progress of women in their careers.
Our leading global role in helping to boost the talent pool of women in mining means that choosing to advertise with us also highlights your desire to be an employer of choice.

You can now upload your job opportunity directly on the website.
From Aboriginal Women in Mining, Canada

We have a photo campaign and also make some photos available to be used as stock images
Send your ideas for the campaign and photos of yourselves doing what you love to
Awards, Schlarships and WIM Group Updates

The 2016 Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA) were announced September 1 at a dinner in Adelaide that attracted high achievers in minerals and energy from across Australia. See winners. Nominations for 2017 are now open. View the CME website for information.

In September, WIMBC promoted Minerva Foundation's Leadership in Transition program.  The Leadership in Transition program (LIT) is an intensive six-month program (one full day/month) that brings together women from a variety of backgrounds who are ready to transition into something meaningful, financially viable and takes into account all of their brilliance, leadership skills and resources.

WIMWA are delighted to continue scholarships Melbourne University Ethical Leadership Program. For further information contact:

WIMWA is now accepting applications for the 2017 mentoring program.  The program is tailored to suit women working in the mining and resources sector in Western Australia with almost 400 mentees completing the program to date.  View applications.


WIM Northern Ontario launches Timmins Branch. Read more.

WIM Peru is up and running. Contact Lita Calenzani to register your interest in joining

  • 27, Vancouver: WIMBC & Mining4Beer Networking
  • 27, London: Sundowner
  • 1, UN Women: Breaking Barriers Session 3: STEM Pathways (webinar)
  • 2-29, Australia, AMMA has various workshops. View.
  • 7, Toronto: WiN-Canada Conference
  • 9, Singapore: WIMARSG Skills Building Session
  • 9, London: WIM UK Education Event
  • 10, Santiago, Chile: WIM Networking
  • 10, Moranbah, QLD: WIMARQ Networking 
  • 10, Toronto: WIM Mentor Lunch & Women Who Rock Networking Event
  • 11, Perth: WASMA & WIMWA Family Night
  • 16, Kalgoorlie, WA: WIMnet Breakfast
  • 16, Denver: WIM Monthly Dinner Meeting
  • 17, British Columbia: WIM South Central Branch Ugly Christmas Sweater Bowling Party
  • 18, TBA: WinRSA & WIMnetSA Christmas drinks
  • 22-24, Johannesburg: Women in Engineering Convention
  • 8, Santiago, Chile: WIM Networking
  • 8, Moranbah, QLD: WIMARQ Networking 
  • 15, Melbourne, VIC: WIMnet Networking Event
  • 21, Denver: WIM Monthly Dinner Meeting
Are you looking to network with #womeninmining? For events organized by WIM groups worldwide see our events calendar.

New Team Members

Thank you to all the volunteers that came forward, we can only do it with your help!!!
We are currently looking for communication and marketing specialists to help us on external and internal communications as well as project related comms & marketing and PR
We are looking for a web designer
We are happy to hear from members wishing to join the membership team to engage with members and help out advance our projects
Contact Barbara if you want to join the team.
Sponsors & Benefactors
IWiM's vision is to implement initiatives that improve worldwide gender balance in the mining industry, and foster the professional development of women in mining.

Our mission is to be the leading global platform that fosters the development and participation of women in the mining sector.


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