Benin

National Assembly

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Gbèhounou Louis Vlavonou (Male)
Year of birth
1953
Additional information
Elected on 18 May 2019.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Mariano Afolabi Ogoutolou (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 14 Aug. 2019.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
76
See historical data for this field.
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
7
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
8.43% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Sonagnon Epiphane Honfo (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
77
Oldest member
Wallis Zoumarou (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
10 See historical data for this field.
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
73 See historical data for this field.
Total per sex
Total of male
77 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
6 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
0
31-40
4 See historical data for this field.
41-45
6
46-50
14 See historical data for this field.
51-60
39 See historical data for this field.
61-70
17 See historical data for this field.
71-80
3
81-90
0 See historical data for this field.
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 4 6 14 39 17 3 0 0
Total <= 45: 10 Total >= 46: 73
Male 0 0 4 5 14 35 16 3 0 0 77
Female 0 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 6
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 younger4.82%4.82%0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger12.05%10.84%1.2%

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".
166
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
14
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
8.43%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
14
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
8.43%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
77
Number of women elected
6
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.
7.23%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
6

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.
77
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.
6
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.
Louis Vlavonou (Male)
Political party
Progressive Union
Date of election
18.05.2019
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1960
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1960
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
Prior to independence, Article 10 of the 1956 framework law gave the right to vote for the territorial assemblies to both sexes over 21. Universal suffrage was first exercised in the 1957 elections. Universal suffrage was confirmed at independence.
Women’s right to stand for election
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1979