Congress of the Republic

Data on women


Basic information > About parliament


Manuel Arturo Merino De Lama (Male)
Year of birth
Additional information
16 March 2020 – 26 July 2021
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Secretary general

Secretary General
Javier Adolfo Ángeles Illmann (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 21 May 2020.


Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
26.15% See historical data for this field.


Average age of all members
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Richard Frank ACUÑA NÚÑEZ (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Oldest member
Humberto LAY SUN (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Legislated candidate quotas. Candidate lists in each electoral district must include at least 30% women candidates. In the candidate list with three candidates, at least one of them must be a woman.
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
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or 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
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Group of Peruvian Women Parliamentarians (MMPP)
(July 2006)
Formal or informal
The caucus is open to male MPs
The caucus is cross-party
The Constitution of the MMPP (Mesa de Mujeres Parlamentarias) is confirmed by the 39 congresswomen in the parliament (as of 2016),
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus


Issues dealt with by the caucus
• Institutional strengthening of the Congress of the Republic through the exchange of peer experiences at the national and global levels, through concerted work on key areas, as well as with other institutions of the Peruvian State.

• Strengthening the capacities of female parliamentarians in the Republic, breaking the barriers that hinder their presence in political life, developing training opportunities and staying up to date on ways to increase their effective participation.

• Strengthening the socially transformative work and political participation of female parliamentarians in order to prevent them from being affected by acts of discrimination, political harassment or psychological violence.

• Provide a space for inclusive dialogue that includes the Central Government and civil society, and links to those who are in risk of vulnerability, based on their gender.

• During the period 2013-2014, the MMPP contributed to the adoption of : the Law for Equal Opportunities, a law making femicide a criminal offence, a law that removed the conciliation process in domestic violence trials, and a law amending the limitation period for the claim of maintenance allowance.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
The caucus has a communication plan

Contact information for the Committee

Congreso de la República
Plaza Bolívar, Av. Abancay s/n