Press Release: WIMIN Holds Global Virtual Summit on Digitalisation and Gender Equality in the Mining Sector
…Seeks growth path for young girls through G4M Initiative
Abuja – March 8, 2023 – Women in Mining Nigeria, a foremost Non-governmental Organisation and professional body dedicated to the mining sector, is set to host leaders in the mining, advocacy and policy sectors to a panel discussion today, 8th of March, 2023. The event, which is part of the group’s activities to mark this year’s International Women’s Day, focuses on the theme; “Digitalisation as a Catalyst to Promote Gender Equality in the Mining Sector.
Speaking about the event, President and Founder of Women in Mining, Nigeria, Engr. Janet Adeyemi noted that the International Women’s Day is not meant to set aside just one day of the year to advocate for women’s rights, but should be a reminder of what needs to be done daily. “For us at Women in Mining Nigeria, advocating for gender equality and fighting for the rights of women in the mining sector is our core mandate and we have traversed the entire country seeking linkages, educating and empowering women, and setting up formal structures to help them thrive.
“This 2023 IWD comes with the #EmbraceEquity which should be an everyday reminder to all peoples of the earth, because women’s rights are human rights. With this summit, we’re bringing renowned women to talk to us, the women in the sector, as well as other interested players. We’re also bringing the young ones through the G4M, so that they can begin to understand the issues and know how to navigate them in the future”, she said.
The summit which is scheduled to hold on the zoom video conferencing platform kicks off at 11am (West African Time). Gracing the event is the keynote Speaker, Rose Ndong, the Executive Commissioner, Nigeria Upstream Regulatory Commission. She will be flanked by panelists comprising notable women who have made their mark in the sector, namely Cristina Villegas, Director of Sustainable Markets at Pact; and Michelle Nwafor, an expert in Geology and Environmental Resource Management.
Other panelists include Hannatu Indo-Muhammad, Head of Research Development & Sustainability, Mining Cadastre Office; Oghenetejiri Omologe, renowned jeweler and gemologist; and Tundun Taiwo, a Lawyer and Chief Executive Officer, Impresal Mining. The event will be moderated by award-winning undergraduate student of Geological Sciences at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Chinazaekpere Mary Arukwe, who brings to bear massive volunteering experience in organisations like SEG, AAPG, NMGS, and NAPE, among others.
Highlight of the event is the special feature of members of the Girls for Mining (G4M) Club from secondary schools across the country. This is part of efforts towards providing the needed exposure and mentorship which they require to build prosperous careers in mining and other STEM-related careers. There will also be opportunities for the young girls to ask questions and get clarity on their most pressing concerns and worries about the sector.
Interested participants can join via the link and login credentials shared across WIMIN’s social media platforms.