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How do I juggle other work and family responsibilities?

The campaign period can be quite intense, and normal routines go out of the window as you try to fit in hustings, events, virtual campaigning and maybe even door-knocking.

I think it is quite helpful to make a plan for how you want to spend your time in the week ahead. If you have family activities or daily routines that need to be honoured, or if your workplace does not allow you much flexibility, then it is all the more important to plan, and to prioritise spending your campaign time on the activities you think are going to have most impact.

Whatever you do, try and keep some kind of balance if you can – don’t lose sight of your family or your friends, or completely stop the activities that keep you healthy and sane. You’ll need them to refresh you and to buoy you up – and to remind you why you’re doing this. (If it’s not to build a better future for your children, or to protect and enhance the things about Guernsey that make you love this community, why is it? And if it is those things, remember that you get to enjoy them too!)

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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.

Please fill in the details below.


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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