The launch of this activity was attended by representatives of mining companies, suppliers and academia, to learn more about the initiatives that will be implemented next year.
According to the study "Women and Mining", published by Women in Mining in 2022, the main motivation for women to enter the mining industry is to reduce the gaps in female participation, that is, the policy dimension of the decision. With this in mind, the official launch of Women's Talent, an employment, networking and recruitment connection initiative, organized by RedEG and the Antofagasta Industrial Association, AIA, will be held between June 3 and 6 within the framework of EXPONOR 2024.
Lilian Denham, Executive Director of RedEG, said that "today we have seen how the issues of diversity, inclusion and sustainability bring together the most important actors of the regional and national mining industry. We have shared with mining companies, suppliers and academia the new aspects of the next version of Women's Talent, in EXPONOR, a program designed to make women visible, to recognize and empower them in their different roles in the local industry".
“Today, women are accessing places where this was previously unthinkable. Mining is inherently a highly masculinized industry, but today we have an exponential increase in the numbers of women", said the Mining SEREMI, Macarena Barramuño.
For the Antofagasta Industrial Association, it is essential to facilitate instances that connect the extractive activity with female labour. Mary Carmen Paz, Second Vice President of AIA, said "we are happy and proud of the joint work we have been able to do with RedEG. We are convinced that the integration of women into the mining world is not only a market necessity, but a real step forward in the development of a more efficient and sustainable industry".
This meeting served as a platform for attendees to learn about the activities they could be part of, such as access to job offers, talent attraction programs, interaction with different women's networks in mining, touring the exhibition and interacting with exhibiting companies; all this added to interesting conversations focused on the incorporation of more women into the industry.
"At Women's Talent, mining companies and suppliers will have access to the talent they require and will be able to demonstrate their commitment to the new generations. For four days we will not only celebrate the diversity, contribution and value of women in the domestic industry, but we will also offer the opportunity to connect with brilliant minds, share experiences and engage in conversations with large stakeholders. Everyone is invited, because making mining inclusive is everyone's job", Denham said.
EXPONOR 2024 -3-6 june- has the support of its strategic partners Albemarle, Antofagasta Minerals, CODELCO, Escondida | BHP, GLENCORE, Minera El Abra, Pan American Silver, Sierra Gorda SCM, Spence | BHP and SQM, together with the backing of APRIMIN, Consejo Minero, Generadoras de Chile, InvestChile, the Ministries of Economy, Mining and Energy, the Regional Government, ProChile, SOFOFA and SONAMI. Official media partners are Minería Chilena, Reporte Minero and El Mercurio de Antofagasta. Stands can be reserved at: email@example.com - 552 454 335.
EXPONOR 2024... Solutions for a sustainable industry.
Antofagasta, november 23, 2023.