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How Do I Make Sure I Stay Safe?

I talk about safety a lot. I think it’s really important not to be complacent, or to say “it can’t happen here”. It can and it does. I was lucky not to have felt threatened during my term in government – I did feel unsafe, though. I felt like I’d put myself in risky situations, and didn’t have a clear escape plan if things went wrong. I think you owe it to yourself and others to be more careful than me: to be aware that, for example, if you’re meeting someone one-to-one, you need to do so in an environment where you can call for help, or can get away easily, if things go wrong. Make use of the ‘lone worker’ guidance you get. Ask friends or family who work in similar jobs what they do to keep themselves safe. Ask your fellow States Members what they do.

If you are threatened, as States Members sometimes are, ask for the help you need to keep yourself and your loved ones safe – don’t downplay a threat because it’s made online or by email, either.

On the other hand, I hope I haven’t made you think that there are dangers lurking around every corner. Most of the time, we’re fortunate to be very safe. But even so, it’s wise to think ahead and to avoid potentially sticky situations. Be aware that there are risks, and take steps to manage them sensibly.

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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