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What if I need a reasonable adjustment?

I’d love to be able to say that the States is completely accessible, but the truth is that’s still quite a work in progress.

But I am confident that the team supporting the States will do all they can to make sure that everybody who is elected is fully able to participate in States’ business.

If you come and watch the States in action, you’ll already see people with headsets to amplify the sound, or people who bring in a cushion, or who occasionally stand at the back or walk about, because of a bad back or leg. A small room next to the Royal Court has been equipped with a mini-fridge and a radio, so that parents can feed their infant children and still follow the debate.

However, the Royal Court itself is a pretty unforgiving room, and most of these adjustments are imperfect, especially for people with physical impairments. In the long term, the best solution will be to move the parliament to a purpose-built chamber, like almost every other parliament in the world – or even to somewhere like St James, as we did during the early stages of the pandemic.

For now, though, I’d encourage you to discuss any reasonable adjustments you might need – either during the campaign period or if you are elected – with the Election team upfront, so that you all come to a common understanding of what’s needed and what’s feasible. Some parts of political life can easily be made more accessible, while others are more of a challenge. But you should always feel able to ask for the reasonable adjustments you need to do your work.

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Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

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Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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