International Women in Mining launches new photo competition

International Women in Mining launches new photo competition

Mining is the game. Celebrating women’s contribution to the mining industry through a diverse lens is the aim. The International Women in Mining has unveiled its latest photo competition ‘Impact and Influence’ which builds on this year’s International Women’s Day theme, Be Bold for Change.

The mining industry is male dominated with only five to 10 percent of the mining workforce made up of women and 7% of directorships held by women, reports 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 9 000 plus members.

The project IWiMSpeakUp aims to increase the number of women presenting at mining conferences, and the women on company boards initiative targets increasing the number of women serving on boards.

Founder and director of IWiM Barbara Dischinger says, “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, which includes a Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera Kit, travel vouchers and plenty more.

Photos will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges including Bruce Cleaver, CEO of De Veers Group, Dr Sharman Stone, ambassador for women and girls, Australia and Tom Butler, International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM).

Entries close on 16 April 2017. 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://www.internationalwim.net/submit-entry/

Source: Mining Global

 

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