Fortescue engineer recognised at Chamber of Minerals and Energy Women in Resources Awards

Fortescue Metals
Group (Fortescue) is proud to recognise the significant contributions of the
Company’s female employees at the 2021 Women in Resources Awards, with
Reliability Engineer Pooja Haria scooping up the Outstanding Young Woman in
Resources and People’s Choice categories.

Organised by the
Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, the awards celebrate
individuals and organisations which help foster the development of women within
the sector through career opportunities and increased participation.

Born to Indian
immigrants in Kenya, Pooja experienced significant challenges growing up
including access to a formal education. Her passion for STEM began in high
school, where she identified the opportunities that a career in engineering
would provide.

After securing a
partial loan from her community, Pooja was able to continue her tertiary
education in Malaysia before moving to Melbourne to study for a Bachelor of
Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical Engineering) at Victoria University. After a
further financial setback when she was partially through her studies, Pooja was
able to finish her final year of university with the financial support of her
lecturers and other supporters

“It is humbling
to 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 as it was through
the combined efforts of everyone that I crossed paths with and those who
supported me through my journey that I can enjoy my career today,” Pooja said.

“I hope to provide
a similar support system for generations to come and look forward to the day
when the critical role that we play in advocating and challenging gender
inequality is no longer needed.”

Fortescue Chief
Executive Officer and 2020 Women in Resources Champion Elizabeth Gaines said,
“I congratulate Pooja on this outstanding achievement. Her journey to becoming
an engineer is an embodiment of our values of empowerment, courage and
determination and I am confident she will become an important voice for diversity
in the mining sector.

“On
International Women’s Day, Fortescue reaffirms our commitment to challenging
gender bias and inequality. We want to ensure as many women as possible have
the opportunity to enjoy a career and contribute to the Australian mining
sector.”

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