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Parliament

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Chuan-Jin Tan (Male)
Year of birth
1969

Secretary general

Secretary General
Ng Sheau Jiuan (Female)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
23
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
23% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Not available
See historical data for this field. Compare data of this field.
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)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
57
Total per sex
Total of male
70
Total of female
22
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
0
31-40
20
41-45
15
46-50
20
51-60
28
61-70
8
71-80
1
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 20 15 20 28 8 1 0 0
Total <= 45: 35 Total >= 46: 57
Male 0 0 12 14 14 23 6 1 0 0 70
Female 0 0 8 1 6 5 2 0 0 0 22
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 younger21.74%13.04%8.7%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger38.04%28.26%9.78%

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
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
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
PAP Women's Wing Party Caucus
Date of creation
01.1989
Formal or informal
Informal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
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. Link to members and administration: https://www.pap.org.sg/womens-wing/organisation
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes
Issues dealt with by the caucus
Please refer to the Women’s Wing website for the most up to date issues: https://www.pap.org.sg/womens-wing 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
Caucus contact details
Address
Block 57B New Upper Changi Road
#01-1402
463057
Singapore
Phone number
+65-62444600
Fax number
+65-62449907