Malta

House of Representatives

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Angelo Farrugia (Male)
Year of birth
1955
Additional information
Sworn in on 6 Apr. 2013, re-elected on 24 June 2017 and on 7 May 2022.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Ray Scicluna (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
1 Feb. 2012 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
57
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
22
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
27.85% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
44.82
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Eve Borg Bonello (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
66
Oldest member
Anglu Farrugia (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
36 See historical data for this field.
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
34 See historical data for this field.
Total per sex
Total of male
51 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
19 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
1 See historical data for this field.
21-30
6 See historical data for this field.
31-40
20 See historical data for this field.
41-45
9 See historical data for this field.
46-50
11 See historical data for this field.
51-60
18 See historical data for this field.
61-70
5 See historical data for this field.
71-80
0 See historical data for this field.
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 1 6 20 9 11 18 5 0 0 0
Total <= 45: 36 Total >= 46: 34
Male 0 2 14 5 9 16 5 0 0 0 51
Female 1 4 6 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 19
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger10%2.86%7.14%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger38.57%22.86%15.71%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger51.43%30%21.43%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
- In accordance with the Constitution of Malta and the General Elections (Amendment) Act, 2021 (Act No. XX of 2021, enacted by the President on 20 April 2021), the number of MPs must increase by up to 12 if less than 40 per cent of the MPs that are returned at a given general election and subsequent casual elections* belong to “the underrepresented sex”** as defined in the Act.
- The up to 12 additional seats are filled by unsuccessful candidates belonging to the underrepresented sex who won the highest number of votes at the last election. If there are not enough unsuccessful candidates, the House of Representatives co-opts member(s) to fill any remaining additional seats.
- These measures will remain in force for 20 years from the date on which they come into force, unless they are revoked or re-enacted (with or without modification) by means of an Act of Parliament according to the provisions of the Maltese Constitution.
* Candidates in general elections may contest no more than two districts. If they are elected in both, they must choose one district to represent after the elections. Seats vacated by candidates simultaneously elected in two districts are filled by "casual elections" prior to the first session of the House of Representatives.
** The group includes people who identified as gender neutral in their official documentation.
Elections > Election results

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
63
Number of women elected
4
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
5.06%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
A total of 67 MPs were elected at the March 2022 election, of which four (6%) were women. After the casual elections* held on 7 and 12 April 2022, 10 out of the 67 members (14.9%) were women.
- In accordance with the Constitution of Malta and the General Elections (Amendment) Act, 2021 (Act No. XX of 2021, enacted by the President on 20 April 2021), the number of MPs must increase by up to 12 if less than 40 per cent of the MPs that are returned at a given general election and subsequent casual elections** belong to “the underrepresented sex”*** as defined in the Act.
- Consequently, 12 more women were added, bringing the total number of members in the new legislature to 79, of whom 22 were women (excluding the male Speaker who was re-elected on 7 May 2022).
* See the Note on the parties or coalitions winning seats.
** These measures will remain in force for 20 years from the date on which they come into force, unless they are revoked or re-enacted (with or without modification) by means of an Act of Parliament according to the provisions of the Maltese Constitution.
*** The group includes people who identified as gender neutral in their official documentation.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
10
Women Other
12

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
57
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
22
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Angelo Farrugia (Male)
Date of election
07.05.2022
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1964
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1947
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
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
1947
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
1966
First woman speaker
Year of first woman speaker Date at which, for the first time in the country's parliamentary history, a woman became Presiding Officer of Parliament or of one of its Houses.
1996