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Women Miners Blast Through Barriers in Chile


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JL
- 362 days ago - ipsnews.net
Women are playing an increasingly important role in Chile's mining industry, where little more than a decade ago they were not even allowed in the mines because of prejudice and superstitions. Today a total of 18,000 women work in mining equivalent to



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JL A. (269)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:18 pm
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"Women are playing an increasingly important role in Chile’s mining industry, where little more than a decade ago they were not even allowed in the mines because of prejudice and superstitions.

Today a total of 18,000 women work in mining equivalent to 7.2 percent of the industry’s workforce. That proportion is expected to reach 10 percent in 2015.

But the state-owned Corporación del Cobre (CODELCO), the world’s top copper producer, has set itself a higher target: it wants one in five labour contracts this year to go to a woman. Programmes for reconciling family life and work, improving facilities and providing work training are being planned.

“Not much more than 10 years ago, women were not even permitted inside a mine. It wasn’t even a possibility – they weren’t allowed because they were thought to bring bad luck,” said Andrés León, human resources manager at CODELCO’s El Teniente mine."
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:29 pm

I would rather see the the destructive practice of mining ended. In the mean time I applaud Chile for stepping up the real world of the 21st century. Of course women can be miners or what ever they chose to do, being female is not a disability.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (461)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:37 pm
As long as there is a need, I'm glad to read women are steppping up to the plate.
 

JL A. (269)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 2:11 pm
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Rose NoFWDSPLZ (264)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:38 pm
I agree with Kit
 

Sherri G. (109)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:27 pm
You go Ladies!!!!! It is good to see the miners in safety gear and that they are able to provide a better living for their families. Thanks JL for sharing.
 

JL A. (269)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:28 pm
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Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:17 pm
Yes, I have to agree with Kit as well. But I am happy that at least one country is finally recognizing that women are a very valuable asset to any enterprise and that women can accomplish anything we set our minds too. I hope certain others are taking notes. Thanks JL.
 

JL A. (269)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:24 pm
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Natasha Salgado (456)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 3:56 am
Equal opportunities for all!! Why not women work in the mines as men do...though i'm happy the women have been recognized as equal workers....i'd love nothing more then for mines to be a thing of the past! Go Gals!! Thx JL!
 

Jaime A. (31)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:16 am
Noted.
 

Lynn D. (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:39 am
Noted, thanks for info!
 

. (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 7:12 am
That's great news! Anything is possible for women in developing countries if their men will just give them a chance.
 

Gloria picchetti (279)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 7:49 am
It's sad anyone works in the mining industry at all but I am glad the women are making the best of it for themselves.
 

JL A. (269)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 8:05 am
You are welcome Natasha and Lynn!
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Sharon W. (4)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:03 pm
Discrimination is going down bit by bit :)
Finally good news!
Thanks, JLA!
 

Winn Adams (178)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:12 pm
Good for them! Equality is always a good thing and in jobs it absolutely imperative.
 

Birgit W. (135)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:00 pm
Equal rights for all. I just wished they would leave Mother Earth alone.
 

JL A. (269)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:33 pm
You are welcome Sharon.
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Colleen L. (2)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 6:02 pm
I agree with Kit. I feel that these women shouldn't be using their talents in this dangerous occupation. To think of the past when so many have died in these mines. Wish they'd take a step back and look at their lives...especially if they have children and love ones. I understand you go where you can make money, but women are no different than men when it comes to holding a job. They are just as capable, smart and willing to do their jobs. I just pray that in the near future they start being paid their fair share. Thanks J. L.
 

Claudia Acosta (13)
Monday April 22, 2013, 3:21 am
More than agree with Kit B.
Thank you for the info.
 

John De Avalon (35)
Monday April 22, 2013, 11:24 am
A woman is as good as a man. Another barrier down.

But not happy about either sex working underground. Dangerous work...
 

alicia m. (101)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 11:35 am
noted, gracias, arriba las mujeres!
 

JL A. (269)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 11:39 am
You are welcome Colleen, Claudia and Alicia.
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