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How Much Time Should I Plan To Spend On One-to-One Work?

You are going to have to find the balance that works for you. I think a well-balanced working week would probably be 1 day of constituency work to 2 days of Committee work and 2 days of States work, but the rhythm of the States is just not like that (and a five-day work week is just mythical!). Some weeks, Committee work will be all-consuming. Some weeks, you’ll never leave the States Meeting. And sometimes you’ll start helping a constituent on a matter so complex or heartbreaking that it eats up your day and keeps you awake at night.

I think it’s realistic to say that, for most people, constituency work is a smaller part of their workload than Committee and States work, even if you are very diligent and fully engage with everyone who contacts you. But the problems you encounter can be really difficult and time-consuming. There may be times where you simply can’t help, because of busy-ness or conflicts of interest or because it’s completely out of your sphere of knowledge or experience, and it’s OK to say so.

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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