Italy

Chamber of Deputies

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
400
Women
129
Percentage of women
32.3%

Speaker

No information available

Secretary general

No information available

Data on age at the start of the legislature

Number of members, by age (2022-10)
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 1 32 47 51 87 43 9 1 0 271
Female 0 4 28 28 24 31 11 3 0 0 129
Totals per age interval 0 5 60 75 75 118 54 12 1 0 400
Total <= 45: 140 Total >= 46: 260
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
1.3% 0.3% 1.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
16.3% 8% 8.0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
35.0% 20% 15.0%

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
Yes
Electoral quota for women
Yes

Notes:

Under penalty of ineligibility, the lists of candidates for the Chamber of Deputies in multi-member districts must comprise candidates of both genders in alternating order (known as a zebra list).

The lists of candidates in single-member districts at a national level should not comprise more than 60% of candidates of either gender.

No more that 60% of candidates at the top of lists presented in multi-member districts at a national level should be of either gender. The National Central Office ensures compliance with such provisions.

Sources: Source: Law no. 165/2017

First woman in parliament

Year of first woman in parliament
1946

Notes: 1946: This was a Constituant Assembly. The first woman to be elected to Parliament was in 1948 to both Houses.

First woman speaker

Year of first woman speaker
1979

Women’s suffrage

Women’s right to vote
1945
Restricted or universal suffrage
Universal
Women's right to stand for election
1945
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