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How Do I Make Sure People Know What I Am Doing?

Communicating with the public is an important part of your job. Sharing what you’re doing isn’t about showing off or getting applause for what you’re doing (that will be rare enough!) but about being transparent and accountable to the people who have elected you. The other real benefit of communication is that it may help to engage people with issues that you know are really important, but just aren’t on the public’s radar at all at the moment.

To communicate well, you’ve got to use lots of different channels, to reach people in lots of difference circumstances, and you’ve got to keep on doing it.

I chose to keep people updated by using this website and Twitter, by occasional articles in the press, and by accepting pretty much all media requests. I went along to meetings organised by groups who had an interest in a particular issue, and heard their concerns or explained what the States was doing. (I find focused meetings much more useful than general-purpose drop-ins.) Other people did other things – lengthy Facebook status updates, videos, podcasts, organising parish drop-ins. Do what works well for you, but do plenty of it; and, where you can, share what your colleagues are doing too.

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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