Mauritania

National Assembly

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Cheikh Ould Baya (Male)
Year of birth
1954
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Abdellahi Ould Saleh (Male)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
122
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
31
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
20.26% See historical data for this field.

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Twenty seats are reserved for women candidates running in a single nationwide list. (Article 3 of the Organic Law on the Election of Members of the National Assembly, as amended by Law n° 2012- 029); Political parties that elect more women than required by the quota will obtain a financial benefit (Article 6). (Source: https://www.idea.int/data-tools/data/gender-quotas )
Elections > Election results

Results

Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
31

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.
122
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.
31
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.
Cheikh Ould Baya (Male)
Political party
Union for the Republic (UPR)
Date of election
08.10.2018
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1960
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1961
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
1961
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
1978

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Network of Mauritanian Women Parliamentarians (REFPAM)
(January 2015)
Formal or informal
Formal
Notes
Open to female MPs and open to former MPs.
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
The missions of the REFPAM are :

- To contribute to the proposal and adoption of laws and policies favourable to the improvement of living conditions and the political emergence of women in their diversity, while promoting the creation of a framework for partnership and mobilization at all levels;
- Contribute to a more effective monitoring of government action to ensure that laws, policies and programmes take gender into account;
- Represent Mauritanian women in their diversity by being their voice in the National Assembly and Senate of Mauritania;
- Contribute to the integration of gender in the administration and management of the National Assembly and Senate of Mauritania;
- Contribute to the protection of women and children;
- Strengthen reflection and consultation within Parliament for a better involvement of deputies and senators in the promotion of women.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes