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Botswana

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National Assembly

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Phandu Tobola Chaka Skelemani (Male)
Additional information
Elected on 5 Nov. 2019.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Barbara Dithapo (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
19.10.2009 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
58
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.
10.77% See historical data for this field.

Age

Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Dithapelo Keorapetse (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
68
Oldest member
Edwin Batshu (Male)

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".
210
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
12
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
5.71%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
12
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
5.71%

Results

Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
3
Women Indirectly Elected
4

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.
58
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.
7
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.
Phandu Tobola Chaka Skelemani (Male)
Date of election
05.11.2019
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1966
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1965
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
Formally a British Colony, the 1965 Constitution only came into force upon independence in 1966
Women’s right to stand for election
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1979
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Parliamentary Caucus on Women
Date of creation
01.2011
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
No
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
No