Singapore

Parliament

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Chuan-Jin Tan (Male)
Year of birth
1969
Additional information
Elected on 11 Sep. 2017, re-elected on 24 Aug. 2020.
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Secretary general

Secretary General
Ng Sheau Jiuan (Female)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
67
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
28
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
29.47% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Tin Pei Ling (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
90
Oldest member
Lee Kuan Yew (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

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

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
192
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
40
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
20.83%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
40
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
20.83%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
66
Number of women elected
27
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.
29.03%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
27
Women Other
1

New legislature

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.
Chuan-Jin Tan (Male)
Date of election
24.08.2020
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1965
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1965
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
TBC; Prior to independence, under British administration, women were granted the right to vote on 18 July 1947 and first exercised this right in the 1948 legislative council elections. This right 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
1965
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
TBC; Prior to independence, under British administration, women were granted the right to vote and stand for election on 18 July 1947 and first exercised this right in the 1948 legislative council elections. These rights were confirmed at independence.
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1963

Specialized body - Women's caucus

PAP Women's Wing Party Caucus
(January 1989)
Formal or informal
Informal
The caucus is cross-party
No
Notes
The current members are MPs from two political parties: People’s Action Party (PAP) and the Workers' Party

The Women’s Wing consists of an Executive Committee, as well as District/Deputy District Advisors and Representatives, as well as Chairpersons for District branches.

There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
Vision: Women fully empowered to contribute to the development of Singapore, playing a key role in nation building, economically, socially & politically

The mission of the Women’s Wing is to:
• Establish the necessary support systems and maximise opportunities for women to realize their fullest potential
• To ensure women's needs, voices and perspectives are heard and reflected
• To leverage women's unique talents for more inclusive and superior outcomes for the community

To bring this vision and mission to life, PAP Women’s Wing has identified the following areas of focus:
• Work-life balance practices & family-friendly support structures
• Women's thought leadership group - policy formulation and refinement
• Promotion of Marriage & Parenthood
• Uplifting under-privileged women
• Active aging
• Raising the representation of women - work-force, top positions, politics
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes

Contact information for the Committee

Address
Block 57B New Upper Changi Road
#01-1402
463057
Singapore
Phone
+65-62444600
Fax number
+65-62449907