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Government Work Plan

For a full breakdown of Stage 2 of the Government Work Plan, due for debate on 21 July 2021, including videos, links and media reports, click here.

Infosheets and reports

Reports, infosheets and other links that might be useful to women thinking of standing for public office are listed here:

Watch a States meeting

If you want to watch a States meeting from the Public Gallery, here’s all you need to know:

1. States meetings run from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

2. Go to the new entrance to the Royal Court building in St James Street (revolving door).  Ask Security to direct you to the Public Gallery.

3. As you go through the wooden door to the Gallery, you’ll immediately go up some stairs. At the top of the stairs turn right and stand at the top of the aisle.

4. If the States is in session you will see the Bailiff or the Deputy Bailiff across the Court in front of you in their role as Presiding Officer. It is polite to nod to the Presiding Officer but don’t worry if you forget, he or she won’t mind.

5. Take a seat wherever you are comfortable.

6. No eating or drinking in the Gallery. No clapping or other noise, even if the Deputies clap.

7.  You can leave discreetly at any time but, ideally, during a natural break between speeches. Stand at the top of the aisle facing the Court and nod to the Bailiff as you leave. Feel free to return later.

8. Toilets are down the curved staircase and into the corridor on the right.

9. The Gallery is not accessible so there are two spaces for wheelchair users on the floor of the chamber. Ask Security to give you access.

10. To listen on the radio instead, tune in to 1116AM. Or to listen online, google ‘BBC Guernsey States live’ or go to www.gov.gg/StatesMeetings and listen live or later via Microsoft Teams.

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We really hope to see you in person at one of our Support Circles but in the meantime, if if you will be campaigning for election as a Deputy in June 2020 or as a Douzenier in Nov 2020 why not sign up for our Online Toolkit?

We’ll deliver the toolkit through 7 emails. Each email covers a topic relevant to standing for election in Guernsey. On its way to you over the next two weeks will be tips on raising your profile, social media, manifestos, canvassing for votes and taking care of yourself amid the campaign rush.

Our Toolkit is based on the Local Election Toolkit developed by Women for Election Ireland. We’ve taken all their fantastic hints and tips and adapted them for Guernsey. We’re truly grateful to our Irish sisters for their advice and generosity in supporting the launch of Women in Public Life Guernsey.

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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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