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Mali (Republic of Mali)

Mali (Republic of Mali) has a Unicameral parliament with the use of voluntary party quotas and legislated quotas for the single/lower house. 33 of 121 (27%) seats in the Assemblée Nationale / 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? No

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • Adopted by political parties? Yes

Is there additional information?...

  • No

Last updated: Sep 21, 2021

Single/Lower House

Assemblée Nationale / National Assembly

Total seats 121
Total Women 33
% Women 27%
Election Year 2020
Electoral System TRS
Quota Type Legislated Candidate Quotas
Election details IDEA Voter Turnout - IPU Parline
  Legal source Details
Quota type: Legislated Candidate Quotas Constitution  
Electoral law

The lists of nominated candidates submitted by political parties, political party groups or independent candidate groups are not eligible if they present more than 70% of women or men (Electoral Code, Loi No. 2016/048). Thus, at least 30 % of the candidates must be women. 

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? Yes

10% of public funding is proportionately shared among political parties which have women elected as deputies or municipal counselors.

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Are there provisions for other financial advantages to encourage gender equality in political parties? No  
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Voluntary Political Party Quotas*

Party Official name Details, Quota provisions
Alliance for Democracy in Mali Alliance pour la Démocratie au Mali/Parti Africain pour la Solidarité et la Justice [ADEMA - PASJ] ADEMA - PASJ has a 30 percent quota. (Gerapetritis, G. 2015. Affirmative Action Policies and Judicial Review Worldwide, page189)

* 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

According to the African Union observation mission to Mali in 2013 for the legislative elections, they observed a substantial representation of women among election workers and in political delegations. They also noted that great numbers of women voted on the day of the election. Despite these positive observations, they noted that this was not the case for female political candidates, where only 156 out of 1141 valid candidates were women (African Union 2013).  

In 2015, the National Assembly adopted a gender quota bill, requiring that at least 30 per cent of elected/appointed officials be women. The results from the 2013 elections, where only 14 women were elected/appointed out of the total 147 seats, has been described as a wake up call for Malians that sparked the activism and advocacy leading up to Parliaments passing of the gender quota bill with overwhelming majority (NDI 2017). The electoral law, last amended in 2016 contains legal provisions stating that no more than 70 % of candidates in the candidates list submitted for national elections may be women or men (see box above).

It is important to point that the Elections were planned to be hold in June 2019. However, there were not any elections and the Law No. 2019-23/AN-RM adopted by the National Assembly extended the elections to 2nd May 2020. For that reason, the number of women in Parliament has not been able to be updated. The number shows the number of women in Parliament until June since it is the last update available.



Additional reading

  • National Democratic Institute (n.d.) ‘Identifying Barriers and Opportunities: Malian Women Share Their Views on Their Social, Civil and Political Roles’. Online. Available at:

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