Kuwait

National Assembly

Political system
Monarchy
Structure of parliament
Unicameral
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
Not applicable
Women
Not applicable
Percentage of women
0.0%

Speaker

No information available

Secretary general

No information available

Chairs of specialized bodies

Specialized body Theme Name Sex Age
Committee on Women, Family and Child Affairs Gender equality Jenan Bushehri Female 51

Data on age at the start of the legislature

Number of members, by age (2024-04)
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 7 12 6 18 4 1 1 0 49
Female 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Totals per age interval 0 0 7 12 7 18 4 1 1 0 50
Total <= 45: 19 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
14.0% 14% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
38.0% 38% 0.0%
Members for whom age data is not available
15
(2024-04)

Reserved seats and quotas

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

First woman in parliament

Year of first woman in parliament
2008

Notes: 2008: No woman candidate was elected in the 2008 elections. Two women were appointed to the 16-member cabinet in June 2008 and became MPs.

First woman speaker

Year of first woman speaker
Not applicable

Notes: No woman has occupied the function of Speaker in the country.

Women’s suffrage

Date of independence
1961
Women’s right to vote
2005
Restricted or universal suffrage
Universal
Detail of restrictions
Under the condition that women "abide by Islamic Law"
Women's right to stand for election
2005
Restricted or universal
No information available

Notes: Under the condition that women stay in line with Islamic traditions

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