The Long Road to Female Inclusion in the Mexican Mining IndustryBy Karen Herrera | Fri, 04/10/2020 - 11:08
Gender inequality in the labor force has been one of the biggest problems that Mexico has faced. For many years, women have struggled to receive the same job opportunities that men have. It has been a slow path but little by little, women have opened doors and have begun to participate in the development of the country’s economy. The mining industry is no exception.
According to the annual report published by CAMIMEX, 15 percent of the mining workforce was made up of women in 2018. This percentage has not stopped growing in recent years thanks to technological development and the cultural change that has taken place worldwide. According to INEGI this number was at 11 percent in 2015.
In recent years, the number of female engineers, laboratory workers, geologists and operators has also increased. In addition, women are now taking managerial positions in the industry. Karen Flores became the first woman to hold the position of Director General of CAMIMEX in 2019. This had not happened since 1906.
Euridice González Robles, Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability of Argonaut Gold and creator of Mexico’s Mining Business Council (CONMIMEX), is a woman who also has excelled in the mining industry for the past 17 years. Euridice was recognized by the non-governmental organization Women in Mining UK as one of the 100 most inspiring women in mining and in 2016 she founded the organization Women in Mining in Mexico to promote gender equality and foster the professional development of women in this industry.
A review published by PwC in 2019 showed that today women occupy 11 percent of managerial positions in the industry. Despite being a low number, the inclusion of women in the mining industry is improving, with only 7.9 percent of management positions held by women in 2015. Perception of gender has significantly changed in recent years. Although Mexico still has a long way to go and much to learn in order to completely eliminate gender discrimination, it is necessary to recognize the real participation of women in the industry.