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What’s a States meeting like?


Are you following Deputy Tina Bury on Instagram?

Tina posts short videos describing her experiences of being a States member and explaining how the States works to encourage people from all walks of life to consider standing.

Last week she recorded three videos, reporting in on each day of the States meeting. The main agenda item was the future of our harbours – a huge multi-million pound decision with major implications for Guernsey for the next hundred years or more.

It was a bad tempered debate, full of political manoeuvring, and Tina’s videos clearly show the impact this has on her, from her optimism at the beginning of the meeting to her frustration coming out of it.

When we did our research before launching Women in Public Life, we got the clear message “don’t sugarcoat what it’s like to be in public office”.

So here it is, one person’s experience, in the raw:

(Click the photo below to play each video).


Photo of Tina and link to Friday's video
Photo of Tina and link to Thursday's video
Photo of Tina and link to Wednesday's video


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: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email 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. 


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.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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