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Our response to C Davey’s letter


Thank you so much to everyone who emailed us or posted on social media in reaction to C Davey’s letter in the Guernsey Press on 30 April.

Letter to Guernsey Press from C DaveyThe main Twitter thread, started by Zoe Lihou, is here and there is a wonderful response from the Guernsey Biological Records Centre here. There is also an extensive debate on Facebook on Deputy Tina Bury’s page and Guernsey People Have Your Say.

Here’s what we told the Press when they asked for our comments:

“Sadly, C Davey is not alone in their old-fashioned views. That’s why it was so heartening to see so many people – women and men – use social media to immediately reject the views in the letter. Our phones have not stopped pinging with notifications and emails all morning.

“We were particularly concerned about the writer’s use of the term ‘coercion’.  Speaking for Women in Public Life, our focus is solely on inspiring and supporting women to stand for all forms of public office. If someone isn’t interested, that’s absolutely fine.  But if you are interested in using your skills and experience to help Guernsey, we are here for you.

“We’d encourage anyone frustrated by the letter to take one simple action. Sign up to the Women in Public Life newsletter and keep an eye out for the public office role that suits you.  Let’s turn frustration into inspiration”.

Signing up to our newsletter (here) is one suggestion for action, here are a few more:

– Find out more about the proposed new anti-discrimination legislation at Follow Equality Guernsey on Facebook and Twitter.

– Liberate includes, informs and supports the LGBTQ+ communities across the Channel Islands. Check out their website at

– Read ‘A Women’s History of Guernsey 1850s to 1950s’ by Rose-Marie Crossan – it’s fascinating. Available at the Press Shop and Candie Museum.

Coverof Rose-Marie Crossan's book

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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