THE mining industry can be a dirty and rough environment to work in, but even this does not deter women from taking up the challenge of a work culture that at one time was considered suited only for their male counterparts.
At Ok Tedi Mining Limited’s (OTML) current Safety Week exhibition, a section is dedicated to the company’s female employees from various career streams to show young women that they too could be like these working women; whether driving a 793 haul truck at a mine pit operation or becoming a geologist and studying rocks for precious metals.
OTML has always promoted fair gender employment giving Papua New Guinean women, and particularly women from the Western Province and the Telefomin District of the Sandaun Province, the opportunity to shine in their fields and climb up the career ladder alongside their male colleagues.
OTML’s National Mining Safety Week exhibition opened its doors to the general public on Monday to curious children and adults; all quickly taking to the various fun games and freebies set up by OTML departments, contractors and other partners.
More women are taking part in this year’s exhibition and putting a feminine touch to their presentations and stalls.
Newcomers at this year’s exhibition include a yoga display, a road safety demonstration, and a firefighting demonstration.