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Slovakia (Slovak Republic)

Slovakia (Slovak Republic) has a Unicameral parliament with the use of voluntary party quotas. 31 of 150 (21%) seats in the Narodna rada Slovenskej republiky / National Council are held by women.

At a glance

Structure of Parliament: Unicameral

Are there legislated quotas...

  • For the Single/Lower House? No
  • For the Sub-National Level? No

Are there voluntary quotas...

  • Adopted by political parties? Yes

Is there additional information?...

  • No

Last updated: Feb 19, 2020

Single/Lower House

Narodna rada Slovenskej republiky / National Council

Total seats 150
Total Women 31
% Women 21%
Election Year 2016
Electoral System List PR
Quota Type No legislated
Election details IDEA Voter Turnout - IPU Parline

Voluntary Political Party Quotas*

Party Official name Details, Quota provisions
Communist Party of Slovakia Komunistická strana Slovenska [KSS] One woman among the eight first candidates. The party is not represented in parliament after the 2006 election.
Alliance of the New Citizen Aliancia Nového Obcana [ANO] ANO has an informal 33 percent quota for women. The party is not represented in parliament after the 2006 election.
Party of the Democratic Left Strana Demokratickej Lavice [SDL] SDL had a 20 percent quota for women on party lists. The party merged with the social democratic SMER. SMER has no quota for women.
People's Party - Movement for a Democratic Slovakia Ľudová strana - Hnutie za demokratické Slovensko [HZDS] HZDS has a parity target.

* 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

Slovakia does not regulate, neither for the Lower Camera or the Sub-national level, the existance of gender quotas. Nonetheless, since 2006, different political parties have stablished voluntary quotas to guarantee women's representation.



Additional reading

  • Jalusic, Vlasta and Milica Antic. 2000. Prospects for Gender Equality Policies in Central and Eastern Europe. Vienna: Institute for Human Sciences.
  • Wolchik, Sharon L. 1998. ‘Gender and the Politics of Transition in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.’ Jacquette, Jane and Sharon L. Wolchik (eds.). Women and Democracy. Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. John Hopkins University Press. pp-153-184.
  • Slovakian Parliament website,

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