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In brief…

Each of the ten parishes in Guernsey is administered by two elected Constables. They are supported and scrutinised by an elected council of residents called the Douzaine.

The main commitment for a Douzenier is the monthly meeting of the Douzaine to discuss parish affairs.

The two Constables are the executive officers of the parish and have a more extensive and hands-on role, in conjunction with the parish staff. 

To stand for election for either role, you need to be proposed by two people who also live in the parish and are on the electoral roll.

The main skill is a passion for your parish and a willingness to dedicate time and energy to listening to your parishioners and working to improve your local community.

Douzaine meetings are held in the evenings, usually on a Monday, so it is entirely possible to combine being a Douzenier with a full-time job.

Being a Constable is more time-consuming and a lot of the work happens during the day.

There’s much more…

To read about Douzeniers and Constables in detail, click the ‘download info as pdf’ button below.  Or change over to a laptop or tablet.

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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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Angela Merkel - Germany

Nominated by: Anni Bisson

AWAITING COPY (born 26 July 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 while in office when her daughter was born in June 2018.

Germany is ranked 49th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 31.5% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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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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