Group (Fortescue) is proud to recognize the significant contributions of
The company’s employees at the Women in Resources Awards 2021, with
Reliability engineer Pooja Haria recovers the exceptional young woman in
Resources and People’s Choice categories.
Organized by the
Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, awards celebrate
individuals and organizations that help foster the development of women within
the sector through career opportunities and increased participation.
immigrants to Kenya, Pooja experienced significant challenges growing up
including access to formal education. His passion for STEM began in high school
school, where she identified the opportunities that a career in engineering
After getting a
partial loan from his community, Pooja was able to continue his higher education
studies in Malaysia before moving to Melbourne to study for a bachelor’s degree in
Engineering (Honors) (Mechanical Engineering) at Victoria University. After a
yet another financial setback while she was partly through her studies, Pooja was
able to complete his last year of university with the financial support of his
speakers and other supporters
” It’s humiliating
be the recipient of the Outstanding Young Woman in Resources award. They say
it takes a village to raise a child and I couldn’t agree more because it was through
the combined efforts of all those I have met and those who
Supported me throughout my journey so that I can enjoy my career today, ”said Pooja.
“I hope to provide
a similar support system for generations to come and look forward to the day
when the essential role we play in defending and challenging gender
inequality is no longer necessary.
Head of Guard
Executive Director and Women in Resources 2020 Champion Elizabeth Gaines said:
“I congratulate Pooja on this exceptional achievement. His journey to become
an engineer embodies our values of empowerment, courage and
determination and I am convinced that she will become an important voice for diversity
in the mining sector.
International Women’s Day, Fortescue reaffirms our commitment to meet
gender biases and inequalities. We want to make sure that as many women as possible have
the opportunity to enjoy a career and contribute to Australian mining