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Government House reception


On 15 July 2021, the Lieutenant-Governor, Sir Ian Corder, hosted a reception at Government House to celebrate our International Women’s Day campaign.

More than 50 islanders were invited as a thank you for nominating an iconic woman from their home country to feature on an interactive online map of Guernsey.

By International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021, 51 flags from nations right across the world had been added to the map, creating an amazing visual representation of the diversity of Guernsey’s population.


People holding up country flags inside a rope outline of Guernsey.
Photo courtesy of Jackson Chambers Photography.


The beautiful summer’s evening was perfect for the main event – creating a real-life giant version of the map on the lawn in front of Government House. The living map was captured by local photographer, Paul Chambers, and also His Excellency, flying his own drone.

View a full gallery of photos from the event.



Women in Public Life committee member Linda Rolf said, ‘Our International Women’s Day map became a wonderful celebration of both the diversity of Guernsey and the achievements of women in public life around the globe. We are very grateful to His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor for hosting this reception – and for arranging perfect weather on the day!’

Among the guests was Dr Nicola Brink MBE, who features on a special rainbow #GuernseyTogether flag created to recognise the number of nominations she received and the iconic status she has achieved in her adopted home of Guernsey.

To view the online map and the profiles of the iconic women nominated, click here:


Guernsey map covered with flags. There is a link to an accessible plain text version under the map itself on the main map page.


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.

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

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