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How Do I Deal With Insults Or Attacks On Social Media?

I would usually let the insults slide. People who are using social media to air a political grievance are not usually looking for solutions, or even reasonable conversation – they are treating it as a space to give vent to their anger. And that’s OK, we all do that. If you think you can change somebody’s mind, or help them out with a situation they think will never be resolved, invite them to email or message you – take the conversation into a forum where you can address each other humanly and civilly, and you will have more hope of making progress.

If it spills over into anything that makes you feel threatened, ask for the help that you need to stay safe. If posts on social media look like hate speech or abuse, report them to the site as well, and ask others to do the same.

Defending yourself on social media is an almost impossible task, but you can do some good by defending others. If you see someone else being misrepresented or attacked, step in on their behalf if you feel able to. I don’t know what it is about human psychology, but somehow a third party speaking up on behalf of someone is much more credible than that person speaking out in their own defence.

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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