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Women in mining: 26% of them are in managerial positions, while 90% projected themselves in the industry

Vantaz, together with the Women in Mining (WIM) group, developed the first profile of women working in the sector to know the reality that women live in the industry and to promote female participation in this area. The study, between other facts, showed that 3% of them occupy a position in boards while only a 4% have more than two decades of experience in the field.

“The objective of this pioneering analysis is to have concrete data that let us elaborate strategies that allow us to open the field and more women get interested in developing their capacities in the mining”, assured Juan Cariamo, Vantaz partner.

“The survey is not only focused on professionals who are already mining, also included those who are currently studying a related career, which let us incorporate their expectations and concerns”, Claudia Monreal, president of WIM Chile, said.

Main results by socioeconomic profile:
• 78% comes from Chile northern and central areas
• 42% have between 35 and 44 years old
• 49% have university studies and 32% a graduate degree
• 52% declare single
• 57% is a mother. The 81% of this group have one or two children.
• 64% received their partner support in their child-raising and housework

The report, which was based on a survey did it by WIM Chile, also revealed that 76% of women have less than 13 years of experience and only 4% has worked in the industry for more than two decades.

“Almost 80% of them say they do not feel challenged by the mining industry. Which shows that it`s necessary to give them more responsibilities, that is the only way women can stay longer in the sector”, Monreal add.

Regarding the roles they perform, the report found that only 26% are in responsibility positions: 16% are in leadership, coordination, and supervision; 7%, in management and sub-management; and only a 3% of them occupy a position in the directories.

Although 30% declare to have workers under their responsibility, the great majority (84%) is in charge of fewer than 25 people. Only 10% of them have more than 50 employees under their supervision.

“In the positions that entail a greater degree of responsibility, there is a decrease in female participation, which shows a strong division by gender in a highly masculinized industry,” Cariamo said.

The study also showed that 9 of each 10 women projected themselves in the industry. Within this group, 61% said they are passionate about mining and believe that the sector will allow them to grow professionally, while 22% said that labor field allows them to have a better quality of life compared to other economic activities. The 57% of answer rated as a positive aspect of their activities the access to goods and/or services for their families. While 16% mentioned their absence in the family as a negative factor in the work.

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