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Women encouraged to stand for roles in public office in Guernsey

Currently, less than a third of Deputies and only around a fifth of Douzeniers in Guernsey are women. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A new network wants to encourage more women to stand for elected roles in Guernsey.

Women in Public Office, a volunteer-run group, says the island's political makeup needs to be much more diverse and wants to give women on the island more information about the roles available.

Currently, less than a third of Deputies and only around a fifth of Douzeniers in Guernsey are women.

50%
of Guernsey's population are women.
30%
of Guernsey's Deputies are women.
21%
of Guernsey's Douzeniers are women.

The group's chair Shelaine Green says women are also underrepresented as Jurats, on tribunals and panels and as advisers on boards like Guernsey Ports.

Women are under-represented in many public office roles. That means Guernsey is missing out on talent and life experience and women aren't sufficiently involved in decisions that affect them equally. We know that when a woman does stand for office, she is just as likely to be appointed or elected as a man. The problem is that not enough women come forward. So we've created Women in Public Life to inspire and support the women of Guernsey and increase the pool of candidates.

– Shelaine Green, Chair of Women in Public Life

The group's first networking event - Stand Up For Your Island - will allow women who are interested in roles to speak to people who already work in them. It will take place at Les Cotils on Wednesday 22 January at 5:30pm.