International Women in Mining Community is dedicated to all women in the industry and our objectve is to bring all women working in the sector closer together. 

International WIM Newsletter, Vol. XIII, January 2015
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Our dialogue with mining company is relevant as there will be a new skills shortage added to the existing one so war for talent is still the case now. This article seems to confirm our views

   Women on Boards

Is Becoming a Public Company Director Your Career North Star?
If your career goals include a public company board seat, make these three lists to keep focused on your goal of becoming a director. This is a quick, easy way to keep your North-Star priorities. Make time to update them monthly and stay on track.  By Tracy Houston Read more

Barbara Dischinger and Deborah Craig, representing the International Women in Mining Community, recently met with representatives from the 30% Club in London to discuss how to increase the participation of women on the boards of mining companies.  Read more

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February Profile of the Month - Razia Adam
Razia Adam is Chief Geologist at South Africa’s Middelbult Colliery and Shondoni Mine. With just seven years under her belt she’s set her eyes on where she wants to be and is shaping out her future aided by her all-important mentors. Her mother was terrified when she swapped medicine for mining. As a single parent, Razia says mining is not easy because of the long hours and the attitudes of some men. However she’s helping other women to get into mining and says trust and experience erode discrimination. By Camila Reed

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Update on Projects
WIM Photo Campaign/Stock Images: in February some photos will be made available for download in exchange for a fee that will be used to reinvest into our projects --- Please let your acquaintances in the media and your marketing departments at work know about this service.
Women on Boards: Defined topics for our webinar series, now looking at possible dates in February & March as well as looking at more speakers. Stay tuned in and register to benefit from these services. We will send notifications of webinars only to those registered as members.

Jobs/Conversations with Mining: Our Survey is still open, see links at the top. Consider us for advertising your openings with!

More Women Speakers at Conferences: If you are interested in a speaking slot contact us. We will soon start conversations with conference organisers. WIMnet in Australia is already active so we will collaborate with them in that region.

News from WIM Chapters
New WIM Groups
We welcome Women in Mining Arizona into our midst. You can join them on LinkedIn
2015 Women in Resources Awards Finalists Announced: The Chamber of Minerals &
Energy of Western Australia (CME) has announced the finalists for the 2015 Women in Resources Awards. Nominees for the most coveted award (Outstanding Woman in resources) are: Bronwyn Barnes (Alliance Mining Commodities); Liza Carpene, (Northern Star Resources); Cheryl Edwardes (Atlas Iron); Anousha Hashemi (BHP Billiton Nickel West); Geeta Thakorlal (WorleyParsons). Read more

The WIMnet NSW Mentoring Program 2015 is the first and only face-to-face mentoring program for women working in the resources sector in NSW. The program runs from May to September 2015. For more information please visit
We are also pleased to announce that carbon & energy management consulting firm, Energetics are proudly supporting the WIMnet NSW Mentoring Program by offering 2 fully-funded scholarships. You may apply for a scholarship via the mentee application found here. Download the WIMnet NSW mentoring program flyer here. Applications close Tuesday 3rd March 2015.

Women in Mining Canada will celebrate the announcement of Betty-Ann Heggie as the Winner of the 2015 Women in Mining Canada Trailblazer Award at PDAC. The Women in Mining PDAC Networking Reception will be held in the MTCC North Building – Room 105 on March 3, 2015 between 3:00-5-00pm.

Women in Mining BC launched the video “Living The Mining Dream”, showing six women in British Columbia mining sector at The Roundup Conference. Trailer

United Kingdom
Women in Mining UK published their last installment of their 3-year Women on Boards analysis of the top 500 mining companies - Mining for Talent 2015, co-authored with PwC. There has been a 3.1% increase in appointments of women to boardrooms of the top 100 global listed mining companies since 2012. To read the report go to
West Africa
The Women in Mining groups of the 8 WAEMU (UEMOA) countries + Guinea are forming a regional group/alliance. All are now incorporated in their own country and recognised individually by their respective ministries of mines. Women in Mining Guinee has launched a mentoring programme which seems to be providing positive results.
For any feedback, additions etc contact
Barbara Dischinger
Foounder & Director, International WIM Community
+44 7986 108 101
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