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Watching the anti-discrimination vote


Here’s how to join us in the public gallery on Wednesday 28 September to listen to the debate and watch the historic vote:

We’ll be wearing Women in Public Life T-shirts on the steps, so you will probably already have joined up with us outside the Court as everyone celebrates the arrival of the Deputies. [Note: the crowd will be gathered at the steps to the revolving door entrance to the Court, not the traditional steps]. But if you haven’t found us, we’ll meet you in the foyer of the Royal Court at 9.15am and we’ll all go through to the gallery together. To get to the meeting point, go through the door into the Court, get your bags checked by security and then wait in the area underneath the stairs.

There are strict rules about watching a States debate. Make sure you read our Guide to Watching a States Meeting beforehand.

Once the meeting starts at 9.30am, there are due to be statements from two committee presidents, plus questions, before Deputies get to the part of the order paper (agenda) where they approve legislation. It’s hard to know how long those statements/questions will take but we’re hoping that the States will get to the approval of the anti-discrimination legislation before lunch. Order paper.

With 11 amendments to discuss, debate will certainly continue after lunch (12.30pm – 14.30pm) and late into the afternoon. It could even spill over into the next day. You don’t have to stay for the whole thing, you can dip in and out as it suits you.

If you can’t be there for 9.15am, feel free to join us in the gallery at any point during the morning/afternoon. Just ask Security to show you where it is.

Shelaine will be on WhatsApp on the day so message her if you need to know anything – 07497 081126.

To better understand the anti-discrimination legislation, read our briefing note.

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.

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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: 

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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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