Gender Quotas Database

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Northern Africa

Sudan has a Bicameral parliament with legislated quotas for the single/lower house. 0 of 426 (0%) seats in the Majlis Watani / National Assembly are held by women.

At a glance

Structure of parliament Bicameral

Are there legislated quotas

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

Are there voluntary quotas?

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

Single / Lower House

Majlis Watani / National Assembly

Upper House

Majlis Welayat / Council of States

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


Following the independence of South Sudan in 2011, the mandates of the parliamentarians from the south in Sudan’s National Assembly were terminated and the statutory number of members was accordingly reduced from 450 to 354*. The sitting Assembly will end its five-year term with this reduced number of mandates in 2014. 

*Note: 354 is the total number of members of the National Assembly of Sudan following the independence of South Sudan in 2011 and the split from the National Assembly of the South Sudanese members.
*Note: The numerical parliamentary data is from the past parliament of Sudan which is suspended due to the coup d`état in April 2019. A new parliament is currently in the process of formation in Sudan.
*Note: The numerical parliamentary data is from the past parliament of Sudan which is suspended due to the coup d`état in October 2021.  



  • Constitution of Sudan 2019 (amended through 2020) _ Arabic/ English
  • Electoral Law 2008 (amended through 2014) - Link
  • Political Parties Act 2007 - Link



Additional reading

  • See the latest updates on Sudan on iKNOW Politics
  • Arendt, C. (2018). From Critical Mass to Critical Leaders: Unpacking the Political Conditions behind Gender Quotas in Africa. Politics & Gender, 14(3), 295-322. doi:10.1017/S1743923X17000502

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