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Campaign to inspire new Douzeniers

 

[For your step-by-step guide to voting in the parish elections, click here.]

 

Women in Public Life has been running a new campaign to inspire and support the women of Guernsey to join their parish Douzaines.

Parishes advertised their elections in the Gazette Officielle on Friday October 9th and 16th. The deadline for nominations was Monday 26th October. The elections will be held at the parish meetings on the evening of Wednesday 4th November.

46 positions

In total across the island, 46 Douzenier and Constable terms of office are coming to an end in 2020.

Unlike the whirlwind that surrounds Election 2020, parish elections usually come and go quietly. In 2019, there was only one contested parish election in the whole island. That means there was just one candidate in the running for the majority of parish positions – who was then elected unopposed. Four Douzenier seats attracted no candidates at all.

Demographics of the Douzaine

Some brilliant women have joined their Douzaine recently, including Victoria Robinson in the Vale who was only 26 at the time. But still, nearly 80% of our Douzeniers and Constables are men. Encouraging more women to consider the roles seems an obvious way to increase the number of candidates for parishioners to choose from.

Videos

Over the summer we interviewed Douzeniers and Constables from across the island about the positive changes they are achieving for their parishioners – from campaigning for a night bus in Torteval to clearing all the redundant signs and poles from the Bridge. Every parish was different but the commitment and enthusiasm were the same.

All of those videos can be viewed below and are also included on the ‘Roles’ section of our website where we explain every aspect of the job of Douzenier and Constable: What skills do you need? What’s the time commitment? How do you get elected?

Drop-In Session

The social media part of the campaign focuses on a short compilation video with snippets from all of the women interviewed and encouraged anyone thinking of putting themselves forward to come to a Drop-In Session on Saturday 3rd October.

Parish elections happen every year, so if you’re inspired to join your Douzaine, why not follow this year’s elections closely in preparation for next year?

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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.

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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: data.ipu.org) 

Are you from South Africa? Please email hello@womeninpubliclife.gg if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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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. 

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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: data.ipu.org) 

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

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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