Colombia

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Roy Leonardo Barreras Montealegre (Male)
Year of birth
1963
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Secretary general

Secretary General
Gregorio Eljach Pacheco (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Re-elected on 20 July 2014, 20 July 2016, 20 July 2018, 20 July 2020 and on 20 July 2022.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
76
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
32
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
29.63% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
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Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
For lists submitted for election of 5 or more seats, at least 30% of candidates of each gender must be included. Political parties decide themselves whether their lists shall be open or closed. Candidate lists that do not comply with the legal requirements, including the gender quota requirement, shall be rejected.
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1954
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
The Constitutional National Assembly adopted Legislative Act No. 3 granting women full political right.
Women’s right to stand for election
Women's right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1954
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
1954
Notes
1954: The first women to get elected to Parliament were in 1958 to the Lower House.

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Colombian Congressional Women's Caucus
(July 2006)
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
- The Colombian Congressional Women's Caucus supported legislation and policies that address violence against women. Of particular importance is Law 1257 of 2008, which significantly increased sanctions and sentencing for violence and discrimination against women. The Caucus also supported the Equal Pay Act (1496 of 2011) and Law 1475 of 2012 on quotas for political-party and electoral lists which addressed the issue of women’s participation in elected office.