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Appeal added to States info process

 

Deputy Yvonne Burford, as President of the Scrutiny Management Committee, has succeeded in improving the process by which members of the media *and the public* can ask for information from States committees.

From Jan 2022 at the latest, questioners will be able to appeal to an independent panel if the committee refuses to answer. See Bailiwick Express article.

Have you ever used Guernsey’s Access to Public Information (API) process? Even though – to the understandable frustration of the media – full ‘Freedom of Information’ was ruled out, API still can be a really useful way of gathering data that isn’t routinely published.

Find out more about API here: gov.gg/information.

Here’s an example of a Women in Public Life API request: gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=137503&p=0.

And here’s the policy paper that was presented to the States, if you’d like to understand the detail of the decision yesterday: gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=139344&p=0.

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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: data.ipu.org) 

Are you from South Africa? Please email hello@womeninpubliclife.gg 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. 

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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: data.ipu.org) 

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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