Ghana

Parliament

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Mike Aaron Oquaye (Male)
Year of birth
1944
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Secretary general

Secretary General
Emmanuel K. Anyimadu (Male)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
36
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
13.09% 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
Alhassan Sualihu Dandaawa (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
71
Oldest member
Dominic Kwaku Fobih (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

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

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
1,158
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
137
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
11.83%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
137
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
11.83%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
240
Number of women elected
35
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.
12.73%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
35

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.
240
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.
35
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.
Mike Aaron Ocquaye (Male)
Political party
New Patriotic Party (NPP)
Date of election
07.01.2017
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1957
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
Prior to independence, under British administration women were granted the right to vote in 1954, under British administration. 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
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
1960
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

Parliamentarian Women's Caucus
(January 1993)
The caucus is open to male MPs
Yes
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
Notes
The Caucus was established with the objective of demonstrating women’s presence in the Legislature in the context of descriptive, substantive, and symbolic representation of the Ghanaian woman.
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
Advocates for girl-child education and promotes initiatives against domestic violence and gender-biased cultural practices, such as widowhood rites and female genital mutilation, besides promoting affirmative action at all levels of government and society.

The Caucus has been successful in establishing vocational schools for training women, in offering short-term loans to women, and in encouraging the Government of Ghana to sign on to the United Nation’s Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 2003. The Caucus provides sound research on gender concerns, it monitors and evaluates government action with respect to gender issues and carries out analysis of the gender implications of the bills passed by Parliament.