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” builds on this year’s International Women’s Day theme, Be Bold for Change.
The mining industry is male dominated with only 5-10 percent of the mining workforce made up of women and 7% of directorships held by women according to 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 9000 plus members.
The project IWiMSpeakUp aims to increase the number of women presenting at mining conferences, and the Women on Boards initiative targets increasing the number of women serving on boards.
Founder and Director of IWiM Barbara Dischinger said: “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 and will be judged by a distinguished panel including Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group; Dr Sharman Stone, Ambassador for Women and Girls, Australia; and Tom Butler, CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).
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/
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Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations
Vale has announced a $150mn CAD investment to extend current mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba by 10 years while aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies holds the promise of mining well past 2040.
Global energy transition is boosting the market for nickel
The Thompson Mine Expansion is a two-phase project. The announcement represents Phase 1 and includes critical infrastructure such as new ventilation raises and fans, increased backfill capacity and additional power distribution. The changes are forecast to improve current production by 30%.
“This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale. “It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.
“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand. We are proud that Thompson can be part of that future and part of the low carbon solution.”
Vale continues drilling program at Manitoba
Coupled with today’s announcement, Vale is continuing an extensive drilling program to further define known orebodies and search for new mineralization.
“This $150mn investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations,” added Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals operations.
“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.”
The Thompson orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale (then known as Inco) following the adoption of new exploration technology and the largest exploration program to-date in the company’s history. Mining of the Thompson orebody began in 1961.
“We see the lighting of a path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future for Vale Base Metals in Manitoba,” said Gary Annett, General Manager of Vale’s Manitoba Operations.