Gender Quotas Database

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Southern Europe

Serbia has a Unicameral parliament with legislated quotas for the single/lower house and at the sub-national level. 95 of 250 (38%) seats in the Narodna skupstina / National Assembly are held by women.

At a glance

Structure of parliament Unicameral

Are there legislated quotas

For the Single / Lower house? Yes
For the Upper house? No
For the Sub-national level? Yes

Are there voluntary quotas?

Adopted by political parties? No
Is there additional information? Yes

Single / Lower House

Narodna skupstina / National Assembly

Quota at the Sub-National Level

Voluntary Political Party Quotas*

* Only political parties represented in parliament are included. When a country has legislated quotas in place, only political parties that have voluntary quotas that exceed the percentage/number of the national quota legislation are presented in this table.

Additional information

In 2004, amendments to the law of parliamentary elections were adopted, including a gender quota at the national and sub-national levels. The law specified that lists of candidates should include at least 30 per cent of the under-represented gender, and that for every four candidates at least one should be of the under-represented gender (International IDEA 2004: 48–49). Following the 2011 amendments to the Law on Elections at both the national and sub-national levels, the law was amended so that for every three candidates at least one should be of the under-represented gender. Furthermore, the 2011 amendments introduced closed lists, meaning that members of parliament should be extracted from the list of candidates in the same order as they appear on the lists.

General elections were planned for April 2020. However, they have been postponed due to the coronavirus situation. 

Amendments to the parliamentary elections law (2022), and local elections law (2022) stipulated on a 40% gender quota. 


Legal Sources:

  • Constitution of Serbia - Link
  • Parliamentary Elections Law 2022 - Link
  • Political Parties Law - Link
  • Law on Local Elections 14/2022 - Link


  • Parliament of Serbia - Link
  • Electoral Commission - Link
  • Strategy for gender equality for the period from 2021 to 2030 - Link
  • Mrsevic, Zorica, Implementing Quotas: Legal Reform and Enforcement in Serbia and Montenegro, in International IDEA, The Implementation of Quotas: European Experiences, Quota Workshop Report Series (Stockholm: International IDEA, 2005)
  • UN Women, Serbia profile Country Fact Sheet | UN Women Data Hub
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU Parline Serbia 

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