Gabon

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Lucie Milebou-Aubusson (Female)
Year of birth
1957
Additional information
Elected on 27 Feb. 2015, re-elected on 1 March 2021.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Michel-Edouard Kenguel (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Sworn in on 30 July 2018.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
51
See historical data for this field.
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
16
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
23.88% See historical data for this field.

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Election results

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
43
Number of women elected
9
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.
17.31%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
Nine of the 52 candidates elected in 2021 were women. The President of the Republic appointed 15 members, including seven women, to the Senate in February 2021, thereby bringing the total number of women to 16 out of 67 senators.
However, one (elected) woman senator passed away before the convening of the newly elected Senate on 1 March 2021. As at 5 March, there were thus 15 women out of 66 senators.
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Indirectly Elected
9
Women Appointed
7

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.
51
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.
16
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.
Lucie Milebou-Aubusson (Female)
Date of election
01.03.2021
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
1960
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 under the Loi-cadre Deferre, adopted on 23 June 1956. This right was confirmed at independence.
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
1956
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
1961
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

National Network of Women Senators of Gabon (REFESEG)
(December 2010)
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
- The forum is responsible for the creation of a network of women at the national level and organizing training and seminars
- Addresses questions about gender equality
- Helps women in parliament achieve their objectives for the empowerment of women
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes