Bhutan

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Tashi Dorji (Male)
Year of birth
1981

Secretary general

Secretary General
Chencho Tshering (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 14 July 2016.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
4
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
16% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
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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
Sonam Wangchuk (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
49
Oldest member
Rinzin Dorji (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Election results

Results

Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
4
Women Indirectly Elected
0
Women Appointed
0
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
1953
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
Only 1 vote per household
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
2008
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 new constitution, adopted by Parliament on 21 July 2008 provides for universal suffrage
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
1953
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
1980

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Bhutan Women's Parliamentary Caucus (BWPC)
(August 2019)
Formal or informal
Formal

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
The BWPC's platform is focused on:

Showcasing and promoting the voice and visibility of women to gain the trust and confidence of society in women's leadership, thereby increasing their chances of getting elected to parliament;

Ensuring that women’s rights, gender equality, children’s rights and social agendas remain central to the work of the Parliament.