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The positives of being a Deputy

 

In April, the Election 2025 team invited prospective candidates and anyone interested in Guernsey politics to two drop-in sessions to quiz current States members about life as a Deputy.

Our question was simple:  “What are the positives of being a States member?”. The answers were surprisingly uplifting…

 

Make change or progress

You have a vote that can make a real change.

Satisfying to champion causes and be able to make some progress.

It’s a chance to make change. You carry the hopes of the community.

You can represent people who might not be the loudest and don’t get the focus.

You can change things if you are prepared to work at getting other people to come with you.

You can make a difference eg domestic abuse law.

Good to see something change on the ground because of something you’ve done.

Rewarding to be involved in a proposition you believe passionately about.

 

Intellectually challenging

You learn a huge amount, it’s fascinating.

Intellectually challenging, looking at things you’ve never had exposure to.

Exposed to new situations, quickly get opportunity to be involved.

You have access to every area of your committee. For Home Affairs that’s prison, police, probation, witness support, SARC, third sector.

 

Responsibility

Few other activities are as far reaching and carry as much responsibility.

If public believes in you, it’s a privilege to carry out their wishes.

No other job like it.

States decisions shape young people’s future.

 

Flexibility

You don’t work 9-5. There’s a lot to read and prepare but when you get that done is up to you.

 

Another side of Guernsey

Opens your eyes to parts of the island that you didn’t have reason to be involved with before. Broadens your perspective.

See a part of Guernsey that you wouldn’t have seen. More informed.

Makes you a better person by seeing the challenges of others, makes you more considerate.

 

 

New knowledge

Constantly acquiring new knowledge and perspectives.

 

Helping fellow islanders

Opportunity to mediate between government services and parishioners.

Can do deep dives into specific issues and then relay the facts to colleagues and the public.

Feeling of being able to listen, help and support.

The small wins from helping constituents inspire you to keep going.

Can help individual constituents just because you have a little bit more knowledge.

Often someone will have been trying for months to get clarity. You can speak to senior officers easily. Fulfilling to get a good resolution.

Satisfying when you answer people’s difficulties.

Being able to signpost individuals – complicated for them but you understand the system and can find a way through.

 

Involvement in island life

Rewarding to be invited to events and see success eg presentations and awards.

Love the practicalities of making things workable. For example, talking to stakeholder groups.

Gives you an insight into island life – particularly the public/community side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Please fill in the details below.

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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.

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

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