Burkina Faso

Transitional Legislative Assembly

Data on women


Basic information > About parliament


Ousmane Bougouma (Male)
Year of birth
Additional information
Elected on 11 Nov. 2022.
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Secretary general

Secretary General
Valérie Simporé Soubeiga (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 24 Aug. 2022.


Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
16.9% See historical data for this field.


Average age of all members
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Reserved seats and quotas

Number of reserved seats, by group
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
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or 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

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Gender Caucus of the National Assembly
(January 2005)
The caucus is open to male MPs
The caucus is cross-party
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


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)

Contact information for the Committee