Bahamas

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Mildred Hall-Watson (Female)
Additional information
Elected on 5 Dec. 2019.
See historical data for this field.

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.
7
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
43.75% See historical data for this field.

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Election results

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
9
Number of women elected
7
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.
43.75%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Appointed
7

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.
9
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.
7
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.
Katherine Forbes-Smith (Female)
Date of election
24.05.2017
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

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Bahamas Commonwealth of Women Parliamentarians Group (CWP)
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
Notes
The CWP was founded by women delegates at the 1989 plenary Commonwealth Parliamentarians Association conference

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
CWP is designed to bring female parliamentarians together in the lower and upper chambers together to work towards common goals, including being mentors to other women who would like to enter the political and leadership arena. Some areas of focus include:

Constitutional equality for men and women under the
Increasing women's participation in conferences
Discussing ways to increase female representation in Parliament
Work towards mainstreaming gender considerations in all of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians Association (CPA) activities and programs