Some women are put off standing for public office because they assume that they have to have a deep understanding of every issue affecting Guernsey right from the start. Not true!
To help get over that barrier, our research team has started putting together a series of short infosheets on different topics using publicly available information. They are listed by topic here.
Feel free to use them to get up to speed quickly on important or contentious island issues and as a springboard for your own research.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you:
- see an error
- want to ask our team to investigate an issue not listed here
- want to volunteer to help create more Infosheets
Reports and other links that might be useful to women thinking of standing for public office are listed here:
Information for Prospective Candidates in the 2016 General Election (awaiting 2020 update)
Governance review of the Committee for Health and Social Care. Full text.
Governance review of the Policy and Resources Committee. Full text.
If you want to watch a States meeting from the Visitors Gallery, here’s all you need to know:
1. States meetings run from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Meeting dates.
2. Go to the new entrance to the Royal Court building in St James Street (revolving door). Ask Security to direct you to the Visitors 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 his role as Presiding Officer. It is polite to nod to the Bailiff but don’t worry if you forget, he won’t mind.
5. Take a seat wherever you are comfortable.
6. No eating or drinking in the Gallery. No clapping or other noise.
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’.
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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.