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.
Founder and Director of IWiM Barbara Dischinger said: “We are very excited to launch a new photo competition to showcase the amazing variety of roles in which women are employed in the industry and to reflect the growing number of female employees. The competition is a tremendous opportunity to raise visibility around the lack of visual role models and will hopefully help to inspire young women to enter the sector.”
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; and Tom Butler, CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).
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/
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.
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