International Women in Resources Mentorship Programme 2018 (IWRMP) Update

As we have reached the midway point for the IWRMP 2018, I thought it may be useful to provide an update on our progress. Over the past three months mentees and mentors have been meeting regularly either online or in person to conduct mentoring sessions following their structured program framework. Many mentees have participated in two interactive webinars that have focused on addressing career challenges and discussing topic ideas for future mentoring sessions. Mentees were recently requested to submit a mid-program report that aims to provide an update on the progress of their sessions including topics discussed, total number of sessions, and how they are contributing to gender diversity in their workplaces or communities. We look forward to providing scholarship sponsors with an individual report on the progress of their sponsored mentees in mid/late July.

As part of the structured nature of the IWRMP 2018, a final celebration event will be held in London on 21st September hosted by Rio Tinto and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. We look forward to hosting many program participants (mentees and mentors), supporters and, industry and sponsor representatives at this event. The event will signify the conclusion of the inaugural program and we look forward to hearing from several mentees on their achievements throughout the program and formally thanking our valued mentors.

Thank you to our Gold sponsor Rio Tinto, and Silver sponsors Agnico Eagle and Lundin Mining. Thank you also to our Bronze sponsors Sherritt International, Women in Mining Canada, Teck, ABB, Durango Resources, Wesdome and Goldcorp.

Thank you to our mentee scholarship sponsors Rio Tinto, Women in Mining Canada, Durango Resources, Goldcorp, PARO Centre, Guyana Geology & Mines Commission, Lundin Mining, SRK Consulting, Telstra Mining and Agnico Eagle. Thank you to our official partners IWiM, Metisphere, Royer Boots and AV-Canada.  

Preparations are underway for the IWRMP 2019 which will be launched at Mining Indaba, Cape Town South Africa on 3rd February. The program will offer 80 mentee positions to women working in resources in a variety of disciplines around the globe and will continue to follow a heavily structured framework. If your company is interested in sponsoring the IWRMP 2019, kindly contact Barbara Dischinger (IWRMP Ltd Director) here: . More information on the IWRMP can be found at .

Lastly, we kindly encourage our sponsors, supporters, mentors and mentees to help raise our profile on social media by mentioning the IWRMP in your updates; our Twitter hashtag is #IWRMP. Thank you again for your support and commitment to improving diversity outcomes in the global resources sector.


Kindest Regards,

Dr. Ali Burston

IWRMP Program Director

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