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It doesn’t have to be this way


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Monday 12 June, 7pm. Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts

Guernsey’s next election is in June 2025 – just two years away.

Our island’s political system is based on consensus but there’s been less and less evidence of that in the States over recent years. Instead, we’ve seen a tribal divide and disrepectful behaviour at times.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Guernsey faces unprecedented challenges and we should all be working together to resolve them. Join us to explore how our States of Deliberation could work better – for everyone.

Guest speaker

Our guest speaker is Jennifer Nadel, co-founder of Compassion in Politics, a cross-party organisation that works to put compassion, inclusion and cooperation at the heart of UK politics, and executive chair of the Global Compassion Coalition. She trained as a barrister and is an author, political strategist, activist and award-winning TV journalist.
Jennifer will share examples from the UK and other jurisdictions of current initiatives aimed at making politics more collaborative and collegiate.

After Jennifer’s presentation, she and the panel will debate how these, and other, ideas could be applied in Guernsey. Audience questions and input are very welcome.


* Deputy Heidi Soulsby MBE, former Vice-President of the Policy and Resources Committee
* Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen, President of the Committee for Education, Culture and Sport
* Perrin Carey, founder of culture and governance consultancy, CoSteer.

The debate will be moderated by Shelaine Green from Women in Public Life.


Event closed.

Join the Politics Group

If you like to follow the issues of the day, you’ll love the Women in Public Life Politics Group. You don’t need to be a politics nerd. And it doesn’t matter which side of the fence your political views are. You’re just someone who cares about how the island is run and wants to share that interest with others in a welcoming, respectful environment. Find out more and how to join at

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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