Islanders map out International Women’s Day

ABOUT 50 Guernsey residents from around the world came together to create a real-life giant version of Women in Public Life’s International Women’s Day map on the lawns of Government House.

Almost 50 Guernsey residents from around the world came together to create a real-life giant version of Women in Public Life’s International Women’s Day map on the lawns of Government House. (29773547)
Almost 50 Guernsey residents from around the world came together to create a real-life giant version of Women in Public Life’s International Women’s Day map on the lawns of Government House. (29773547)

The Lt-Governor, Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, hosted the reception to celebrate the campaign which filled an online map of Guernsey with 51 flags back in March, each one representing a woman in public life from the home country or island of a Guernsey resident.

Ghazaleh Maunder, from, Iran nominated mathematician, Maryam Mirzakhani, for the online map and said of the event. ‘I really enjoyed meeting quite a few lovely ladies from other countries around the world.’

Accent Language School owner Anna-Lisa Detassis nominated Italian politician Emma Bonino.

‘It’s great to be here this evening and it’s so important to have more women from different nationalities involved in public life in Guernsey. Life is busy for me, but a role in public life is something I would definitely consider in the future,’ she said.

Dr Padmavathy Bandopadhyay, India’s first female air marshal, was the choice of financial risk manager Naga

Lakshmi Nandiboyina.

‘I really enjoyed finding out more about Dr Bandopadhyay for my nomination, and hers was an inspiring story for my children as well. This has been a great event – and there are so many opportunities for women to play a role in public life in Guernsey,’ said Ms Nandiboyina.

The evening was ‘magical’ and a true celebration of the diversity of Guernsey and the achievements of women in public life for Women in Public Life committee member Linda Rolf.

‘We are very grateful to the Lt-Governor for hosting this reception and for the great things he said about the importance of diversity in public life.’

A special presentation was made at the reception to director of Public Health Dr Nicola Brink to recognise the number of nominations she received and the iconic status she has achieved in her adopted home of Guernsey.

n The final version of the map can be found at https://bit.ly/3iwdsKd

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