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Cameroon

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National Assembly

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theSenate

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Djibril Cavayé Yeguie (Male)
Year of birth
1940

Secretary general

Secretary general
Désiré Geoffroy Mbock (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 18 June 2018.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
56
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
31.11% See historical data for this field.

Age

Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
35
Youngest member
Zoubainatou Salihou (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
75
Oldest member
Enow Tanjong (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
149
Total per sex
Total of male
137 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
43 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
0
31-40
7 See historical data for this field.
41-45
24 See historical data for this field.
46-50
30 See historical data for this field.
51-60
75
61-70
39 See historical data for this field.
71-80
5 See historical data for this field.
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 7 24 30 75 39 5 0 0
Total <= 45: 31 Total >= 46: 149
Male 0 0 5 21 21 54 31 5 0 0 137
Female 0 0 2 3 9 21 8 0 0 0 43
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 younger3.89%2.78%1.11%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger17.22%14.44%2.78%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Yes
Notes
Article 151 of the Electoral Code states that each list of candidates must take into account different sociological components of the constituency. It must also take account of gender.
Elections > Election results

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.
124
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.
56
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.
Djibril Cavayé Yeguie (Male)
Political party
Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPDM)
Date of election
05.11.2013
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1961
Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1946
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, women in the French administered part of Cameroon were granted the right to vote on 27 October 1946 with foundation of the French Union and the 4th Republic. Following the "Loi Lamine Guèye" all citizens of the Union territories had the right to vote for the French Parliament. This right was extended to local legislative assemblies on 23 June 1956 by the Loi-cadre Deferre and confirmed at independence.
Women’s right to stand for election
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1946
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
1960
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Réseau de parlementaires pour la promotion du Genre (REPAGE)
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
Issues dealt with by the caucus
- Gender equality; women's emancipation; budgeting; violence against women - Family issues.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes