June 15 will mark the first International Women in Mining Day

Industry stakeholders encouraged to celebrate women’s achievements

International Women in Mining (IWiM), a UK organization that advocates for more women to work in mining, is launching International Women in Mining Day, which will be celebrated on June 15.

IWiM encourages industry stakeholders – practicing professionals, universities, organizations and more – to mark the occasion by celebrating “past, present and future women in mining”.

“We invite individual professionals, Women in Mining (WIM) organizations, mining companies, universities, supply chains, technical and professional services consultants, industry associations, governments, trade unions and civil society to join us in celebrating perseverance, contributions, female talent and spirit in mining,” said Barbara Dischinger, Director of IWiM, in a June 1 press release.

“This day will mark a turning point for the mining sector and pave the way for industry stakeholders to continue working for a sustainable and more sustainable sector.

The day will be linked to a campaign to raise awareness of the achievements of women in the mining industry. IWiM also strives to promote the work and actions needed to achieve gender equality and inclusion in the sector.

The British body will host a two-hour virtual event with guest speakers and interactive participation.

Guest speakers include Laura Tyler, BHP CTO; Rohitesh Dhawan, CEO of the International Council on Mining and Metals; Teacher. Deanna Kemp, director of the Center for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute; and Sheila Khama, former CEO of De Beers Botswana and natural resources policy adviser at the World Bank and the African Development Bank.

For more information, visit the International Women in Mining Day website.

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