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Liberia

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House of Representatives

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theThe Liberian Senate

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Bhofal Chambers (Male)

Secretary general

Secretary General
Mildred N. Sayon (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
10 Jan. 2012 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
9
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
12.33% 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

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".
1,000
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
165
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
16.5%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
165
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
16.5%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
64
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.
12.33%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
9

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.
64
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.
9
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.
Bhofal Chambers (Male)
Political party
Congress for Democratic Change (CDC)
Date of election
15.01.2018
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
1946
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
1946
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
First woman in parliament
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia (WLCL)
Date of creation
01.2006
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
Yes
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
Notes
Article 4, Section 1, Line 2 of the WLCL Constitution states male counterparts (lawmakers) can become Associate members upon admission of a two-thirds decision of the members The WLCL does not have a formal communication plan. However, it has a functional Facebook Page. The development of communication is part of the Plan of Action in 2019. See: https://www.facebook.com/pg/womenlegislativecaucusofliberia/posts/
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
No
Caucus contact details
Address
Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia
Capital Building, Capitol Hill 10
1000 Monrovia
Liberia
Phone number
+231-886558492
+231-770558492