International WIM Newsletter, Vol. XX: Summer 2016
IWiM is dedicated to building an international community for all women in the mining and metals sector.
Summer Editorial 2016
The last 6 months have been busy for IWiM. We have been speaking to a number of organisations across the world from NGOs to Mining Institutions about partnering and collaborating, we increased the team and working better together and we have improved the website.
We also suffered a few website setbacks but we have been busy in the last few months to overcome them and thank you for bearing with us.

We finalised our Women on Mining Boards Webinar programme in February. however, recordings are available for those interested. We are now working on the next phase of the project and are busy developing a board-ready database of women working in mining.

#IWiMmeetups on Twitter & Facebook

We’re inviting the IWiM community to connect with other members 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.
We invite you to take a photo of the MeetUp and share it.
Our Twitter Handle is @IntWIMCommunity and FB page link

The Speak Up project works to develop opportunities to place qualified IWiM members into speaking slots and panel lists at major mining conferences. The project has had its first few successes in recent months. Several IWiM members will be 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 are currently informing which PPE suppliers/manufacturers offer female PPE on the website but are now looking how we can become more proactive and create a project to drive real change. Any thoughts you want to share or if you want to come on board, get in touch.

Barbara & the Volunteer Team
Monthly High Profile Interviews
Cristina Echavarria–  I came into mining by accident.  My passion was for archaeology which I studied at the UK's Bristol University along with geology.   Cristina's passion became social and environmental justice and to support small-scale miners, especially women, who have suffered discrimination for years. She has been an advisor working in mining and sustainability challenges since the 1990s.  Click here to read her interview.
Nezha Zouaidi –  Nezha became a gold broker in 2009, since then her journey has led her to Africa and to Tanzania where she’s the owner of a gold and diamond company, Golden Connection Ltd.  Captivated by the mining industry’s dynamic and diverse environment, it’s not always been an easy ride. She’s passionate about starting something new and making it successful and Nezha says she’s enjoys representing women in historically male-dominated work environments. Click here to read her interview.
Claudia Monreal – "This world is changing and we have to go faster in our crusades"

Claudia encourages women to get into mining and believes that women and men are meant to work together, not against each other, not in gender clans. .Claudia has worked across South America, Canada and Australia as a mining engineer/geo-statistician fulfilling her passion to understand geology. Being abroad has also taught her how much mining has in common across countries and cultures. A mother of three, she chose consultancy to better manage time with her family.   Click here to read her interview.


Urica Primus  I was born into a mining family. My father, most of my aunts, uncles and some of my siblings are miners. From a young age my aunt and uncle groomed us, irrespective of gender, to effectively conduct and manage our business. The 25-year old president of the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO) is an unabashed workaholic who campaigns hard for diversity and to break the stereotype that women can only hold menial positions in the mining sector. Click here to see her interview.


Ngonzi Kiiza  Ugandan mine geologist has overcome many challenges including xenophobia, racism and gender intolerance.  “Once you identify it deal with it, confront it or walk away.” She left the industry for eight years bowed but not beaten and at a fleeting meeting with Anglo’s then CEO, Cynthia Carroll, secured herself a job. Ngonzi is passionate about the possibilities her work presents and sees it as her responsibility to help the young people in South Africa where she works. Click here to see her interview.

Visit the website for other women in mining interviews.

If you would like to feature in our Interview Series or know of someone who deserves a mention please contact us

Articles & WiM groups' initiatives from around the world  
WIM Group Global RecapsAustralia l Europe | North America l Africa l South America l UK | Asia - Read up on what WIM chapters around the world have been up to
Research & Articles:
Keep up to date with what's happening around the world with our Blog (takes a while to load), our library and our additional WOB reading list

Mentorships, Awards, Surveys & Scholarships

JULY 14, Showtime Events Centre, Melbourne, VIC:  3rd Annual Women in Industry Awards

SEPTEMBER 1, WIM South Australia: Women in Resources National Awards will take place September 1, 2016 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

SEPTEMBER 24, Las Vegas NV, 29th Annual National Mining Hall of Fame: 
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado have selected the Women’s Mining Coalition (WMC) to receive the Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award. The WMC was founded in 1992 by 3 women geologists who took the opportunity to go to Congress to educate policy makers on the mineral and mining industry.

CME Australia announced finalists for the 2016 Women in Resources Awards.  Profiles of the finalists can be viewed

JULY 27, WIMARQ together with QRC and BHP Billiton will launch a mentor program.
BURSARIESAnglo-American’s’ coal business in South Africa offers bursaries for engineering programs at University of Science.  Info:

SURVEY: Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA), in partnership with Deloitte and Wyzetalk, invites you to participate in the 2016 WiMSA survey. Click on this link – on your mobile or computer and register to take the survey. Deadline: Wednesday, 13 July 2016.
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.

Upcoming Events

  • 14, ViÑa Del Mar, Chile: WIM Chile Networking
  • 14, Moranbah, QLD: WIMARQ Networking
  • 15, Santiago, Chile: WIM Chile Networking
  • 20, Denver: WIM Denver Monthly Dinner
  • 22, Antofagasta, Chile: WIM Chile Networking
  • 25, Yeppoon, QLD: Mining Women Support Group
  • 28, Melbourne, VIC: WIRV Christmas in July
  • 11, Moranbah, QLD: WIMARQ Networking 
  • 12, Santiago, Chile: Annual Dinner
  • 15, Brisbane, QLD: Women in Resources Event
  • 17, Denver: WIM Monthly Dinner Meeting
  • 18, Melbourne, VIC:WIRV Networking

See our events calendar for more detail.

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New Team Members

Thank you to all the volunteers that came forward, we can only do it with your help!!!
We're still happy to hear from anyone who has time or wants to participate in projects and/or communications, marketing, help us with our jobs portal, liaising with the members and more
Contact Barbara if you want to join the team.
Translations: Karel Gomez & Valerie McDowell

Newsletter: Astrid Ramcharan

North American Liaison:Victoria Vargas, Daniella Dimitrov, Resa Furey, Alicia Polo y Laborda and Elvia Torres Morales

Australia Pacific Liaison: Jenny Spring, Katrina Crook, Philippa Sivwright and Leisa Westerman

WOB Database:
Karine Cliché, Debbie Shelley, Rudo Gwenanguruwe and Silvia Del Carpio 
Communications: Emelia Chalker

Jobs: Cheryl Horton

Web Manager Content: Sam Hudson

Web Developer: Roy Kim

SpeakUp Project: Rudo Gwenanguruwe, Maria West, Melanie Sutterby and Taryn Ryan

PPE Project: Kym Clark, Debbie Shelley

Photo Campaign: Muza Gondwe

Technical Women: Allison Golsby and Danni Gunnell
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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