Half of Zinkgruvan’s summer substitutes are women. The previously heavily male-dominated mining industry is now seeing more and more women. Zinkgruvan’s goal is for 25% of the company’s 430 employees to be women and of the 60 summer temps this year, 50% were women. At Boliden and LKAB, almost every fourth employee in Sweden is a woman.
–We have worked actively to erase the image of a male-dominated job. This by highlighting our female employees and by being out in schools and having direct contact, says Monika Andersson, CSR manager at Zinkgruvan to Swedish Radio.
Caroline Gustafsson is 34 years old and was looking for a job above ground at the Zink mine outside Askersund before the summer. Instead, she was asked to start working down in the mine.
– It’s so much fun, it’s varied. No two days are alike. It is a completely different world, I think it is great fun and exciting, she says.
A review of the large mining companies’ annual reports shows that there has been a sharp change. At both LKAB and Boliden, almost every fourth employee in Sweden is now a woman.
– It is an important issue for us as well. We have 430 employees and 20 percent women, at the same time we have a goal of 25 percent women, says Monika Andersson who is communications and CSR manager at Zinkgruvan outside Askersund to Swedish Radio.
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