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A world of iconic women for IWD2021


For International Women’s Day 2021, we asked you to nominate an iconic woman born in your home country or island to celebrate the contribution of women in public life across the globe. 

Just click here to see the result!

Thanks to your nominations, we’ve filled our interactive map of Guernsey with more than 50 flags. That’s a wonderful celebration of the diversity of Guernsey and the achievements of women in public life from around the world.


There are many firsts on the map. The first women to lead their country: Julia Gillard in Australia, Angela Merkel in Germany, Mary Robinson in Ireland, Vaira Vike-Freiburga in Latvia, Dalia Grybauskeite in Lithuania, Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand, Zuzana Caputova in Slovakia. And the first female president of the European Parliament in Simone Veil of France. All bringing a new and different perspective to the role.


Women in Public Life committee member Linda Rolf says, ‘We hope that our campaign has planted the seeds to inspire a more diverse and representative range of women to stand for public office in Guernsey. Because, as we all know, balanced teams make better decisions’.

Read the full media release.


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: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email 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. 


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.

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

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