Lao People's Democratic Republic

National Assembly

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Saysomphone Phomvihane (Male)
Year of birth
1956
Additional information
Elected on 22 March 2021.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Pingkham Lasasimma (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 22 March 2021.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
128
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
36
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
21.95% 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

Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
0
Women Indirectly Elected
0
Women Appointed
0
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1953
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1958
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
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
1958
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
1958
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.
2011

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Lao Women Parliamentarians Caucus
(January 2002)
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
Yes
Notes
There are only women in the caucus, but many men parliamentarians support the women caucus' plan of action.
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
- The Caucus contributes to the law drafting process to improve the Lao legislation in regard of gender-based violence.
-Specific activities have included: development of a resolution on gender issues in parliaments for the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in 2009; organization of female leadership training; gender training workshops for parliamentarians; gender screening of budgets and laws, as well as oversight of their implementation; and advocacy work for the advancement of women.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes