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Afghanistan

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House of the People

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theHouse of Elders

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Mir Rahman Rahmani (Male)
Year of birth
1962
Additional information
Elected on 29 June 2019.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Abdul Qader Aryubi (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 27 April 2019.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
176
See historical data for this field.
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
68
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
27.87% See historical data for this field.

Age

Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
126
Total per sex
Total of male
176
Total of female
69
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
4
31-40
59
41-45
56
46-50
35
51-60
78
61-70
11
71-80
2
81-90
0
91 and over
0
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 4 59 56 35 78 11 2 0 0
Total <= 45: 119 Total >= 46: 126
Male 0 1 38 34 22 68 11 2 0 0 176
Female 0 3 21 22 13 10 0 0 0 0 69
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger1.63%0.41%1.22%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger25.71%15.92%9.8%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger48.57%29.8%18.78%

Reserved seats and quotas

Number of reserved seats, by group
Women
68
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
‘If there are not enough female candidates on the list to occupy the allocated seat, the Commission shall adopt measures to make sure the seats do not remain vacant.’ (Electoral Law 2010, Article 23)
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1963
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
Literacy
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
The right to vote was granted in the 1963 Constitution which entered into force in 1964. The restriction no longer exists.
Women’s right to stand for election
Women's right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1963
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1965
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Parliamentary caucus to promote women political participation
Date of creation
05.2014
Formal or informal
Informal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
No
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes
Issues dealt with by the caucus
- Work on the law on violence against women - Promotion of women's political participation
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
No
The caucus has a communication plan
No