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Switzerland

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Council of States

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theNational Council

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Jean-René Fournier (Male)
Year of birth
1957
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Secretary general

Secretary General
Martina Buol (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 1 Aug. 2013.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women
Not available
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
Raphaël Comte (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
68
Oldest member
Hans Hess (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
42
Total per sex
Total of male
37
Total of female
9
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
0
31-40
2
41-45
2
46-50
6
51-60
18
61-70
18
71-80
0
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 2 2 6 18 18 0 0 0
Total <= 45: 4 Total >= 46: 42
Male 0 0 1 2 5 13 16 0 0 0 37
Female 0 0 1 0 1 5 2 0 0 0 9
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 younger4.35%2.17%2.17%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger8.7%6.52%2.17%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Voluntary political party quotas.
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
1971
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
Due to the cantonal and federal system of granting suffrage, the political participation of women was not fully integrated on a national level until 1990. Appenzell was the last canton to recognize women's suffrage.
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
1971
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
Due to the cantonal and federal system of granting suffrage, the political participation of women was not fully integrated on a national level until 1990. Appenzell was the last canton to recognize women's suffrage.
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1971
Notes
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Cross-Party Group of Women Parliamentarians
Formal or informal
Informal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
No
Notes
This group is a successor of the Group of Women Parliamentarians.
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
No
Issues dealt with by the caucus
The purpose of the group is to facilitate networking among female members of the Swiss parliament, so it organizes various events for women. In addition to the group, the Parliament also maintains a website "Political Women" to encourage women to be/become politically active, by providing materials (documents, videos etc.) on success stories, female role models, and by organizing events dedicated to the topic. English : https://www.parlament.ch/en/über-das-parlament/political-women French: https://www.parlament.ch/fr/über-das-parlament/femmes-politiques
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
No
The caucus has a communication plan
No
Caucus contact details