Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
IPU membership

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
Percentage of women


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Secretary general

No information available

Chairs of specialized bodies

Specialized body Theme Name Sex Age
Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee Foreign affairs, Defence Stefania Gabriella Anastasia Craxi Female 63

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 0 0 12 26 52 33 8 3 1 135
Female 0 0 0 6 26 26 10 2 0 1 71
Totals per age interval 0 0 0 18 52 78 43 10 3 2 206
Total <= 45: 18 Total >= 46: 188
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
0.0% 0% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
8.7% 6% 2.9%

Reserved seats and quotas

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


Under penalty of ineligibility, the lists of candidates for the Senate 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 regional 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 regional level should be of either gender. The Regional Elections Office ensures compliance with such provisions.

Sources: Source: Law no. 165/2017

First woman in parliament

Year of first woman in parliament

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

Women’s suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Restricted or universal suffrage
Women's right to stand for election
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
List of values for 2020-09
List of values for 2019-04
List of values for 2018-06