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Zambia

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National Assembly

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Patrick Matibini (Male)
Year of birth
1959
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary general
Cecilia Nsenduluka Mbewe (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Sworn in on 25 Oct. 2017.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
30
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
17.96% 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
Listed N Tembo (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
76
Oldest member
Hon. Inonge M. Wina (Female)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
112
Total per sex
Total of male
134
Total of female
20
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
1
31-40
15
41-45
26
46-50
33
51-60
40
61-70
32
71-80
6
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 1 15 26 33 40 32 6 1 0
Total <= 45: 42 Total >= 46: 112
Male 0 1 15 25 28 33 26 5 1 0 134
Female 0 0 0 1 5 7 6 1 0 0 20
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0.65%0.65%0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger10.39%10.39%0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger27.27%26.62%0.65%

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".
651
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
106
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
16.28%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
106
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
16.28%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
137
Number of women elected
30
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.
18.99%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
As at 28 September 2016, there were a total of 30 women out of 167 members as follows. - 26 women directly elected (out of 156 members) - The Vice President; - 2 appointed members (out of eight members); - The First Deputy Speaker.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
26
Women Appointed
2
Women Other
2

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.
137
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.
30
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 Matibini (Male)
Date of election
23.09.2016
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1964
Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1962
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Prior to independence, women voted for the first time in the elections of 30 October 1962, leading to the indpendence of Zambia. This right was confirmed at independence.
Women’s right to stand for election
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1964
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Prior to independence, women voted and stood for election for the first time in the elections of 30 October 1962, leading to the indpendence of Zambia. These rights were confirmed at independence.
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1964
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Zambia Women Parliamentarians Caucus (ZWPC)
Date of creation
01.1997
Formal or informal
Informal
The caucus is open to male MPs
Yes
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes
Issues dealt with by the caucus
Commitment to promoting gender equality, especially increasing the number of women in political leadership positions, and empowering women and girls. It is also involved in pioneering judicial and educational programs for the advancement of human rights. Other initiatives include training on gender-responsive budgeting and legislation on ending violence against women
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
No
Caucus contact details
Address
National Assembly of Zambia
P.O Box 31299,
10101 Lusaka
Zambia
Phone number
+260-955794206
Fax number
+260-211292252