Bosnia and Herzegovina

House of Representatives

Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

Data on women

Information on the current and historical representation of women in the parliament. Consult the 'Elections' tab to see how women have fared in elections or renewals.

Current representation

Women's representation in the current parliament or chamber

Current number of members
42
Women
8
Percentage of women
19.0%

Speaker

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Secretary general

No information available

Chairs of specialized bodies

Specialized body Theme Name Sex Age
Foreign Affairs Committee Foreign affairs Darijana Filipović Female 36
Finance Committee Finance Mia Karamehić-Abazović Female 39

Data on age at the start of the legislature

Number of members, by age (2022-12)
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Male 0 0 3 3 7 11 8 1 0 0 33
Female 0 0 4 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 8
Totals per age interval 0 0 7 3 8 13 9 1 0 0 41
Total <= 45: 10 Total >= 46: 31
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
17.1% 7% 9.8%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
24.4% 15% 9.8%

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
No
Electoral quota for women
Yes

Notes:

The Electoral Law requires that the lists of candidates, submitted by political parties, coalitions or lists of independents, must include both male and female candidates, with each of those genders being equally represented. A gender is considered to be equally represented if at least 40% of the total number of candidates on a list are of that gender. This provision applies to the list of candidates for both the directly elected seats and for compensatory mandates*.
Each list must include one candidate of the less represented gender among the first two candidates, two among the first five, three among the first eight, and so on.

* Seven of 28 seats elected from the territory of the Federation (article 9.1 (2) of the Electoral Law) and five of 14 seats elected from the territory of the Republika Srpska (article 9.1 (3), idem).

Sources:

Article 4.19 (3) and 4.24 (2) of the Electoral Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Izborni Zakon Bosne i Hercegovine), and article 20 of the Gender Equality Law (Zakon o Ravnopravnosti Spolova u Bosni i Hercegovini).
https://www.izbori.ba/Documents/documents/English/Laws/BIHElectionlaw.pdf

First woman in parliament

Year of first woman in parliament
1990

Notes: 1990: The Assembly of the Federated Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina became the first legislature of Bosnia and Herzegovina after the country became independent in March 1992.

First woman speaker

Year of first woman speaker
2009

Women’s suffrage

Date of independence
1992
Women’s right to vote
1949
Restricted or universal suffrage
No information available

Notes: 1949 - parliament reply. 1946 - Part of Yugoslavia

Women's right to stand for election
1949
Restricted or universal
No information available

Women's caucus

Women's caucuses or parliamentary groups that bring together women parliamentarians to strengthen cooperation and amplify their voices. For other parliamentary bodies or committees that have a specific mandate to address gender equality matters, see the ‘Specialized body – Gender equality’ tab.

There is currently no women's caucus in this chamber.

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No