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Belgium

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House of Representatives

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Patrick Dewael (Male)
Year of birth
1955
Additional information
Elected on 27 June 2019.
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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.
87
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
63
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
42% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
46.10
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Dries Van Langenhove (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
67
Oldest member
Josy Arens (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
81 See historical data for this field.
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
69 See historical data for this field.
Total per sex
Total of male
87 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
63 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
5 See historical data for this field.
31-40
37 See historical data for this field.
41-45
39 See historical data for this field.
46-50
33 See historical data for this field.
51-60
22 See historical data for this field.
61-70
14 See historical data for this field.
71-80
0 See historical data for this field.
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 5 37 39 33 22 14 0 0 0
Total <= 45: 81 Total >= 46: 69
Male 0 2 16 21 22 13 13 0 0 0 87
Female 0 3 21 18 11 9 1 0 0 0 63
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger3.33%1.33%2%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger28%12%16%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger54%26%28%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Legislated candidate quotas. On electoral lists, the number of candidates of either gender cannot be greater than the other. This also applies to the list of alternates. The two top candidates on candidate lists and on the lists of alternates cannot be of the same gender.
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
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.
Women’s 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
Women's 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