Benin

National Assembly

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
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.
77
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
6
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
7.23% See historical data for this field.

Age

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
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
75
Total per sex
Total of male
2
Total of female
7
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
0
31-40
2
41-45
0
46-50
2
51-60
3
61-70
1
71-80
0
81-90
1
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 0 2 3 1 0 1 0
Total <= 45: 8 Total >= 46: 75
Male 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Female 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 1 0 7
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 younger2.41%22.22%0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger9.64%22.22%0%

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
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