Botswana

National Assembly

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Phandu Tombola Chaha Skelemani (Male)
Year of birth
1945
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
Yandani Boko (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
69
Oldest member
Pono P.P. Moatlhodi (Male)
Members for whom no data is available IPU does not contain age and gender data for all chambers of parliament.
2
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
53 See historical data for this field.
Total per sex
Total of male
56 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
7 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
0 See historical data for this field.
31-40
5 See historical data for this field.
41-45
5 See historical data for this field.
46-50
30 See historical data for this field.
51-60
20 See historical data for this field.
61-70
3 See historical data for this field.
71-80
0
81-90
0
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 5 5 30 20 3 0 0 0
Total <= 45: 10 Total >= 46: 53
Male 0 0 4 5 30 15 2 0 0 0 56
Female 0 0 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 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 younger7.94%6.35%1.59%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger15.87%14.29%1.59%

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
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
First woman speaker
Year of first woman speaker Date at which, for the first time in the country's parliamentary history, a woman became Presiding Officer of Parliament or of one of its Houses.
2009

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Parliamentary Caucus on Women
(April 2011)
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
Yes
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
• Consider any report submitted to Parliament by the Minister responsible for women’s affairs and any other Minister, and to advise on the measures to be undertaken by Government to improve the position and status of women within the purview of laws, rules, regulations, policies and programmes
• Promote the adequate representation of women in all elective bodies, and decision making positions
• Examine measures taken by Government and other agencies to educate the public on all laws, policies and programmes affecting women
• Examine measures adopted by Government in relation to the development of women and their empowerment
• Examine the impact of welfare programmes on women
• Examine the impact of laws on women, and promote the eradication of provisions which inhibit or adversely affect them.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes

Contact information for the Committee

Address
PO Box 240
Gaborone
Botswana
Phone
+267-3616800
Fax number
+267-3913103