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June 15 will mark inaugural International Day of Women in Mining

Stakeholders across the industry are encouraged to celebrate women’s achievements

International Women in Mining (IWiM), a U.K. body that advocates for more women to work in the mining sector, is launching the International Day of Women in Mining, to be celebrated on June 15.

IWiM is encouraging stakeholders in the industry — practising professionals, academia, organizations and more — to mark the occasion in celebrating “past, present and future women in mining.”

“We are inviting individual professionals, Women in Mining (WIM) organizations, mining companies, academia, supply chain, technical and professional service consultancies, sector associations, governments, unions, and civil society to join us in celebrating women’s perseverance, contributions, talent and spirit in the mining sector,” Barbara Dischinger, IWiM’s director, said in a June 1 news release.

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

The day will be tied to a campaign that raises awareness of women’s achievements in the mining industry. IWiM is also striving to promote the work and actionable items needed to reach gender equality and inclusivity in the sector.

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

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

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