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House of Assembly

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Halson Moultrie (Male)
Year of birth
1952

Secretary general

Secretary General
David Forbes (Male)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
5
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
12.82% See historical data for this field.

Age

Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Travis Robinson (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1973
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
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Prior to independence, under British administration, adult male suffrage was introduced in 1959, although members of the electorate satisfying certain property qualifications also received a second vote. Women were granted the vote in 1961 and by 1964 all property qualifications had been abolished. The right to vote was confirmed at independence.
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
1962
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
1977
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Women's Parliamentary Caucus (1970-01)
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
Notes
Women members of both chambers of the House participate.

The CWP was founded by women delegates at the 1989 plenary Commonwealth Parliamentarians Association conference
Issues dealt with by the caucus
• To provide equality for men and women under the constitution.
• Increase women participation at future conferences
• Discuss ways to increase female representation in Parliament and work towards the mainstreaming of gender considerations in all Commonwealth Parliamentarians Association activities and programs.
Caucus contact details