- M4DLink Women in Resources Mentoring Program launches at Mining Indaba 2018
- Employing more women will improve efficiency in the resources sector
- WA well-equipped to mentor women in African mining
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston was on hand yesterday to celebrate the launch of the M4DLink Women in Resources Mentoring Program at Mining Indaba 2018 in South Africa.
The program is a partnership of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance.
Its mission is to support women that manage gender diversity programs in the resources industries and help them become leaders in the sector.
Western Australia is well-equipped to mentoring workers with its large number of mining companies already operating in Africa and its reputation for being a world-leader in mining and technology services.
Out of the 134 ASX-listed companies operating in Africa, 92 are based in WA developing 231 mining projects in 29 African countries.
Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:
"It's not only fair that women should be more highly represented working in the global resources sectors, it's also proven that more women in leadership improves business efficiency and outcomes.
"Organisations need to encourage women to view the resources sector as a long-term career.
"The mining and resources sector has historically been male-dominated and there is a correlation between male-dominated industries and higher wages.
"Supporting more women to access roles in the sector is the right and fair thing to do."
Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk:
"There is a strong business case for a gender diverse workforce - the evidence is overwhelming.
"Consistently, research shows that companies with higher gender diversity are more likely to have higher financial returns.
"WA has proven the invaluable contribution women can make to the resources sector and as a result, we have lessons to share. WA has come far, but we still have a way to go."
Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6700
Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600