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Thinking of standing for your parish?The November election is on the horizon

A guide for potential parish candidates
Step 1

Love your parish? Thinking about joining your Douzaine? Great!

First up, have a look at the opportunities available in your parish this year. The election notices were published in La Gazette Officielle in the Guernsey Press on 6 October 2023. Click the button below to see them.
Step 2
Download our detailed Guide to the Parish Elections Process. We'll take you step-by-step through what you need to do.
Step 3
If you haven’t already, have a look through our 'Douzenier or Constable' section. You'll find a detailed description of the roles, plus videos of current parish officials talking about their experiences.
Step 4
If you are interested in joining a School Committee, read Jo May's description of her experiences.
Step 5
Talk to the team at your local Constables Office or Douzaine Room. The parish clerk can tell you more about the positions are available in your area, give you the nomination forms (to be returned by 4pm on Monday 23 October 2023) and introduce you to a current parish official, if you wish. Some parishes have the forms available for download on their website.

Perhaps you already know someone who is a Douzenier or Constable and could contact them for a chat? Check parish websites for the contact details for each parish official.
Step 6
Let Women in Public Life know! We're keen to support women who are thinking of standing in the parish elections.

We'll keep you informed, introduce you to others on the same journey, be there when you need someone to talk to, build your confidence and save you time.
Step 7
Sign up for our Women in Public Life newsletter so you can keep up to date with news about parish elections. If you are into social media, join our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.

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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