The Role of Women in the Mining Industry

 The Role of Women in the Mining Industry

Written by Prevail Falade

The mining industry has been a cornerstone of the global economy for centuries, enabling the development of modern civilization as we know it today. Traditionally, the mining industry is known to be dominated by men. However, in recent years, there has been an increased focus on gender diversity and inclusion in the sector.

This increased focus on gender diversity and inclusion has led to a greater number of women entering the industry and they are making a positive impact. Women are bringing new perspectives to the industry, and they are helping to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

According to the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) 2021 data, women accounted for an average of 21.9% of global mining workforce, up from 17% in 2016. However, the percentage of women in leadership roles in mining remains low. Women occupied 14% of board seats and 18% of executive management positions in the top 500 mining companies in 2020, according to a study by Women in Mining UK. It is important to note that the level of gender diversity varies widely across regions and countries.

Women in the mining industry are making positive contributions in various ways. They are taking roles that have traditionally been held by men, such as engineering, surveying, equipment operation, geology, mineral processing and metallurgy, and many more. This is helping to break down the gender stereotypes that have been associated with the industry as masculinity has historically been associated with miners.
Furthermore, women are playing a role in helping to create a safe and secure working environment for all employees and the role of ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.

Another major role women play in the mining industry is environmental and social responsibility. Women are involved in environmental and social responsibility roles in the mining industry, working to ensure that mining operations are conducted in a sustainable and socially responsible manner.
Women in the mining industry also work in various support services roles, such as administrative assistants, accountants, human resources professionals, and marketing and communications professionals, catering, and other ancillary services.

In conclusion, while women have made significant strides in the mining industry in recent years, there is still a need for greater gender diversity and equality in the sector. This includes increased representation of women in leadership positions and in traditionally male-dominated roles. Overall, women are making a positive contribution to the mining industry and this is a trend that is likely to continue in the years to come.

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