London – 15 July 2020: Women in Mining UK (“WIM”) is delighted to announce it has received more than 1,100 nominations for 626 women in mining working at 356 companies for the 2020 edition of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (“WIM100”) publication. The number of nominations and the number of women nominated are by far the highest received since WIM launched the publication in 2013.
The nominees came from 60 countries and are roughly equally split between Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe/ Middle East, Latin America, and North America. The nominations came from all areas of the mining sector – mining companies, technical, operational, commercial and support services, academia, government, and industry associations.
Carole Cable, WIM Chair, said, “Despite the personal and professional challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on us all, we are so pleased to see record nominations for women in mining as inspirational leaders. This has been thanks to the tireless work of the Global Outreach team of volunteers at WIM, led by Melinda Moore, and the passion of the leaders and colleagues at each company to champion their female colleagues.
“The 626 nominees have inspired more than 1,100 men and women and we hope through the WIM100 book they will inspire many more to enter the mining industry, progress their career, and advocate for change to ensure inclusion and diversity are entrenched in every company’s culture and strategy around the world.”
Melinda Moore, WIM Head of Global Outreach, said , “I would like to thank our WIM100 co-sponsors: BMO Capital Markets, BCG, IBM and Heidrick & Struggles, all of which are committed to advancing the diversity agenda both within and outside the mining sector. We would also like to thank our Foundation Partners, the Women in Mining groups across the world as well as mining associations and companies, and our pro-bono media and conference sponsors: S&P Global, Miningmx and Mining Journal. Most especially, we would like to thank all those who took the time to nominate their inspirational female colleagues.”
The 2020 edition of the 100 Inspirational Women in Mining will be published on 19 November 2020. Due to COVID-19, the celebratory event in London has been deferred to 2021.
Previous editions of the WIM100 publication are available at https://www.womeninmining.org.uk/wim100/.
Women in Mining UK (WIM) is a volunteer non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the employment, retention and advancement of women in the mining sector. WIM offers a strong international network to progress professional goals and career aspirations and hosts numerous networking, educational and mentoring events to support personal development. Membership is free to both women and men. For more information about joining WIM, please visit our website: www.womeninmining.org.uk.
Ariadna D. Peretz
Head of Communications
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