Saudi Arabia

Shura Council

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Abdullah Al Sheikh (Male)
Year of birth
1948

Secretary general

Secretary General
Mohammed Almutairi (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 26 February 2018.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
30
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
19.87% See historical data for this field.

Age

Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
130
Total per sex
Total of male
121
Total of female
30
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
0
31-40
5
41-45
16
46-50
18
51-60
60
61-70
50
71-80
2
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 0 0 5 16 18 60 50 2 0 0
Total <= 45: 21 Total >= 46: 130
Male 0 0 4 10 12 47 46 2 0 0 121
Female 0 0 1 6 6 13 4 0 0 0 30
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0%0%0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger3.31%2.65%0.66%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger13.91%9.27%4.64%

Reserved seats and quotas

Number of reserved seats, by group
Women
30
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
A January 2011 Royal Order amended the composition of the previously all-male 150-member Consultative Council by reserving 20% of its seats for women members.
Elections > Election results

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
121
Number of women elected
30
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.
19.87%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
On 18 October 2020, 150 members and the Speaker were appointed by Royal Order for a four-year term (with effect from 20 October 2020). They comprised 30 women.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Appointed
30

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.
121
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.
30
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.
Abdullah Al Sheikh (Male)
Date of election
18.10.2020
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
The law of 1977 granted universal suffrage to all citizens, without any specific restrictions on women. The Electoral law of August 2004 granted universal unconditional suffrage. However, only men had the right to vote in the 2005 partial municipal elections. Technical reasons, such as the difficulty of organizing a voting office for women, were quoted as the explanation for why women did not take part.
Women’s right to stand for election
First woman in parliament