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Guinea-Bissau (Republic of Guinea-Bissau)

Guinea-Bissau (Republic of Guinea-Bissau) has a Unicameral parliament with legislated quotas for the single/lower house and at the sub-national level. 14 of 102 (14%) seats in the Assembleia Nacional Popular / People's 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 Sub-National Level? Yes

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • Adopted by political parties?

Is there additional information?...

  • Yes

Last updated: Sep 13, 2022

Single/Lower House

Assembleia Nacional Popular / People's National Assembly

Total seats 102
Total Women 14
% Women 14%
Election Year 2019
Electoral System List PR
Quota Type Legislated Candidate Quotas
Election details IDEA Voter Turnout - IPU Parline
  Legal source Details
Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas Electoral law

The Parity Law adopted in 2018 establishes quotas of 36% for the participation and presence of women in the lists of candidates of political parties to the legislative elections (Law n.4/2018). 

Legal sanctions for non-compliance No data available
Rank order/placement rules No data available
Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties related to gender equality among candidates? Not applicable  
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Are there provisions for other financial advantages to encourage gender equality in political parties? No  
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Quota at the Sub-National Level

  • Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas
  Legal source Details
Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas Electoral law

The Parity Law adopted in 2018 establishes quotas of 36% for the participation and presence of women in the lists of candidates of political parties to the municipal elections (Law n.4/2018). 

Legal sanctions for non-compliance
Rank order/placement rules No data available

Additional Information

The Parliament of Guinea-Bissau did, the 2 August 2018, unanimously approve a law to ensure a minimum quota of 36% of women’s representation to be respected in elections or appointments to the National Assembly and Local Governments, with a view to achieving parity. The law was unanimously voted by the 81 MPs present. The National Assembly (ANP) thus concluded two days of discussion under the leadership of the chairman of the Specialized Commission for Women and Children, Ms. Martina Moniz (UNIOGBIS, 2018). 

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Additional reading

  • Vaz, V. M. B. (2020). Politics and gender in Guinea-Bissau: candidate selection across political parties (Doctoral dissertation).
  • Ugbe, S. T. (2020). Women's Political Representation: A Review of Frameworks and Quotas in West Africa.
  • Carvalho, C. (2019). Women and peacebuilding in Guinea-Bissau. conflict trends, 2019(4), 29-36.

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