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Belgium

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House of Representatives

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Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Siegfried Bracke (Male)
Year of birth
1953
Additional information
Elected on 14 Oct. 2014, re-elected on 13 Oct. 2015, on 11 Oct. 2016, on 10 Oct. 2017 and 9 Oct. 2018.

Secretary general

Secretary general
Marc Van der Hulst (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
1 Oct. 2016 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
93
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
57
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
38% See historical data for this field.

Age

Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
26
Youngest member
Yoleen Van Camp (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
72
Oldest member
Francis Delpérée (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
76
Total per sex
Total of male
92
Total of female
58
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
3
31-40
40
41-45
31
46-50
20
51-60
44
61-70
11
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 3 40 31 20 44 11 1 0 0
Total <= 45: 74 Total >= 46: 76
Male 0 2 19 21 11 30 8 1 0 0 92
Female 0 1 21 10 9 14 3 0 0 0 58
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger2%1.33%0.67%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger28.67%14%14.67%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger49.33%28%21.33%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Yes
Notes
Quotas de candidats inscrits dans la loi. Sur les listes électorales, le nombre de candidats d’un sexe ne peut être supérieur à l’autre. La même règle vaut pour la liste des suppléants. Les deux premiers candidats sur les listes des candidats et celles des suppléants ne peuvent être du même sexe.
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".
1,599
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
780
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
48.78%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
780
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
48.78%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
91
Number of women elected
59
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.
39.33%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
59

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.
91
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.
59
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.
Patrick Dewael (Male)
Political party
Open vld
Date of election
30.06.2014
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1919
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
Suffrage only given to widows or mothers of servicemen killed during World War One, citizens shot or killed by the enemy and women political prisoners
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Contained in the law of 9 May 1919. Universal suffrage was introduced for men in 1919.
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1948
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
The Law of 27 March 1948 gave all women the right to vote under the same conditions as for men. Women voted for the first time in 1949.
Women’s right to stand for election
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1921
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1921