As we are moving towards highly mechanized mines, the overall perception of mining industry as a male-dominated industry is changing since it is no more about just physical labour.
Yogeshwari Rane - Associate Manager, Mining Rampura Agucha UG Mine Hindustan Zinc
With changing attitudes and increased support from companies, the mining industry is becoming a more inclusive and diverse field.
As the mining industry has traditionally been considered a physically demanding field, it is important to recognize that success in this industry is not solely based on physical abilities. While there may be initial hurdles to overcome, hard work and dedication can lead to recognition and respect within the industry. Although women may experience some conscious or unconscious bias, with perseverance and determination, they will get the desired support.
It is encouraging to see more women candidates showing interest in the mining industry during campus hiring. This shift in perception and attitude towards women in mining has opened up opportunities for female engineers to take on leadership roles and contribute to the growth of the industry.
Metal and mining conglomerates are actively encouraging and promoting inclusion of women in the sector.
Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL) is an example of a company that provides equal opportunities for women to grow and overcome any challenges they may face. There are mechanisms in place to support women in their career development, with no discrimination based on social attitudes, income, or working hours.
HZL provides a supportive environment for women engineers in the mining industry. The company prioritizes safety measures and protocols at all levels, making it possible for women to feel safe working in underground mines. In addition, HZL uses digital technologies and upgraded machinery to increase efficiency.
As the mining industry becomes more mechanized, the perception of it as a male-dominated industry is changing. Women are taking on various roles in the industry, and technology is playing a key role. With these changes, the mining industry is no longer solely about physical labour.
Women should be willing to advocate for themselves and for other women, and take on challenges posed by gender-based biases at the workplace.
Women have many opportunities in the mining industry, and we are seeing an increase in their participation. However, there may be initial resistance and biases, but women should be confident in their abilities and willing to take on new challenges.
Persistence and determination are key to success. With a positive mindset, women can reach top managerial positions. Advocating for oneself and for other women is important, as well as challenging gender-based biases or barriers that may exist in the workplace.
Having a good understanding of the industry is crucial, and so is mental strength to take on any challenge. I believe that with determination, women can achieve success.