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Government House reception for #IWD

All photos by Paul Chambers


Government House was filled with energy, laughter and inspiration on Friday evening as women’s groups, deputies, business leaders and the Bailiff and Deputy Bailiff joined His Excellency and Mrs Cripwell to celebrate International Women’s Day 2024.


The event was His Excellency’s suggestion and was organised with the support of Women in Public Life. The keynote speaker was Commander Anna de-Saint-Bissix-Croix, whose career has spanned 27 years in the Royal Navy. She is currently an instructor at the Defence Academy Shrivenham, shaping future leaders on the Advanced Command and Staff Course. His Excellency worked with Anna during his career in the military and admires the path she has forged in a distinctly challenging environment. Anna’s speech focused on determination, ambition and being open to challenge.

The 70 guests also responded warmly to inspiring speeches on the theme of ‘forging change’:

  • Brooke Kenyon, joint managing director of Orchard PR
  • 16-year-old Neave Chatting-Tonks, a Lieutenant-Governor’s cadet and chair of the Youth Forum
  • Deputy Heidi Soulsby MBE, vice-president of the Policy and Resources Committee
  • Shelaine Green, Chair of Women in Public Life.


The event brought together representatives from the island’s women’s groups – probably for the first time – including Soroptimists International Guernsey, Guernsey Women’s Collective, WI Guernsey, Women’s Business Network, Guernsey Women’s Rights Network and Women in Public Life.

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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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