Burkina Faso

National Assembly

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Alassane Bala​ Sakandé (Male)
Year of birth
1969
Additional information
Elected on 8 Sep. 2017, re-elected on 28 Dec. 2020.
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Secretary general

Secretary General
Rakèta Zorome (Female)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
119
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
8
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
6.3% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Bernard Somen'Goummier (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
78
Oldest member
Idressa Thiombiano Ajouma (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Legislated candidate quotas. Lists of candidates must include at least 30% of either sex.
Elections > Election results

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
119
Number of women elected
8
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.
6.3%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
8

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.
119
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.
8
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.
Alassane Bala​ Sakandé (Male)
Political party
People's Movement for Progress (MPP)
Date of election
28.12.2020
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
1958
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, under French administration, women were granted the right to vote on 23 June 1956 , by a framework law (Loi-cadre Deferre). This right was confirmed at independence, in the 1958 constitution.
Women’s right to stand for election
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1978

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Gender Caucus of the National Assembly
(January 2005)
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
Notes
The caucus conducts consultations with political parties, women's organizations, civil society, and the Executive on the advantages of establishing a quota system in the context of legislative elections.

The caucus develops an annual plan of activities to promote greater involvement of women in development and good governance in Burkina Faso.
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
-Responsible for promoting the equitable involvement of women and men in the life of Parliament and in the political life of Burkina Faso
-Adoption of the Quota Law in 2009
-Inclusion of the principle of gender equality in the Constitution (2012)
-Adoption of the Law on Violence against Women (2015)

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