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Response received from Commissioner

 

In November we wrote to the CI Commissioner for Standards, Dr Melissa McCullough, drawing her attention to the accusations of bullying made during the debate of the Motion of No Confidence in the Policy and Resources Committee.

We are very grateful to the Commissioner for her thoughtful and considered response. We strongly recommend reading it in full (scroll down to view or click for plain text version).

 

But in summary:

 

– Initiating an ‘own investigation’ in the absence of formal complaints is not an option that would work best to tackle this issue as States members and civil servants may be hesitant to come forward.

– Instead, the Commissioner recommends:

  • changes to the code of conduct, including definitions of unacceptable behaviour [States will debate on 24 Jan]
  • training for States members on inappropriate behaviours to promote a zero tolerance environment
  • a ‘bullying, harassment and misconduct’ survey to get a sense of the magnitude of the problem

 

The Commissioner has copied her letter to the States Assembly and Constitution Committee. We were already scheduled to attend SACC’s 18 January meeting so look forward to discussing the actions the Committee are taking.

As the Commissioner says: “addressing unacceptable behaviours must be a priority”.

Media coverage

Bailiwick Express
BBC Guernsey online
Guernsey Press
BBC Guernsey interview with Shelaine Green (at 1:50:30)
Guernsey Press comment column

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: 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.

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