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A dozen on the douzaine

In this year’s parish elections twelve new female Douzeniers were elected in this year’s parish elections of the nineteen who stood.

A dozen new women on the Douzaine in one election is way beyond anyone’s expectations!

Twelve new women means:

  1. The average percentage of female Douzeniers in the Island as a whole has jumped from 21% to 29% in one year
  2. At 29%, female representation is now significantly better than in the States (20%).
  3. In 2019, there were three parishes that only had one female Douzenier. Now all parishes have two or more.
  4. St Sampson’s showed the biggest change. From one women to four in one election.


Our campaign to encourage women to stand focused on Douzeniers this year. For those interested in the Constables, the percentage of women is unchanged at 20%. Zoe Lihou replaced Jenny Tasker in St Peter Port, Becky Link was re-elected in Torteval, Shane Cummings stepped up from Douzenier in St Andrews but Jill Bray retired in St Pierre du Bois.


Female Douzeniers elected in the Parish Elections 2020


St Sampson’s (contested)

Julie Creed

Kim Abbotts

Jennifer Marquand


St Pierre du Bois

Louisa Aron


St Andrew’s

Hana Atkinson

Nicolla Tanguy


Torteval (contested)

Jennifer Blackburn

Nicolette Addlesee (re-stood)


St Saviour’s

Patricia Kennedy

Linda Norman



Rhiannon Cook (re-stood)



Sarah Plumley (re-stood)


St Peter Port (contested – deferred election)

Odette Duerden

Dr Nichola Lloyd


St Martin’s (contested – deferred election)

Carla Bauer


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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