Saudi Arabia

Shura Council

Political 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


No information available

Secretary general

No information available

Chairs of specialized bodies

Specialized body Theme Name Sex Age
Committee for Social, Family, and Youth Affairs Gender equality Mastoura Alshammari Female 51

Data on age at the start of the legislature

Number of members, by age (2020-10)
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 4 10 12 47 46 2 0 0 121
Female 0 0 1 6 6 13 4 0 0 0 30
Totals per age interval 0 0 5 16 18 60 50 2 0 0 151
Total <= 45: 21 Total >= 46: 130
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
3.3% 3% 0.7%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
13.9% 9% 4.6%

Reserved seats and quotas

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

Notes: A January 2011 Royal Order amended the composition of the previously all-male 150-member Consultative Council by reserving 20% of its seats for women members.

Sources: Royal Order

First woman in parliament

Year of first woman in parliament

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

Women’s right to vote
No information available
Restricted or universal suffrage

Notes: The law of 1977 granted universal suffrage to all citizens, without any specific restrictions on women. The Electoral law of August 2004 granted universal unconditional suffrage. However, only men had the right to vote in the 2005 partial municipal elections. Technical reasons, such as the difficulty of organizing a voting office for women, were quoted as the explanation for why women did not take part.

Women's right to stand for election
No information available
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