Sierra Leone (Republic of Sierra Leone) has a Unicameral parliament with legislated quotas at the sub-national level. 18 of 146 (12%) seats in the Parliament 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? Yes
Are there voluntary quotas...
- Adopted by political parties? No
Is there additional information?...
Last updated: May 17, 2022
Quota at the Sub-National Level
- Quota type: Reserved Seats
|Quota type: Reserved Seats||Constitution|
The 2004 Local Government Act created new local councils. Women's groups had advocated for special seats in the local councils, but the proposal did not succeed. However, equal representation for women was granted at the lower level, for the Ward Development Committees, elected at town meetings: out of 10 members, 5 must be women (Article 95 (2:c) of the 2004 Local Government Act).
|Legal sanctions for non-compliance||N/A||Not applicable|
|Rank order/placement rules||N/A||Not applicable|
"On 21 July, Sierra Leone’s cabinet adopted a bill to set aside 30% of elective and public offices for women. A version of this Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) bill was first put forward in 2012 under Ernest Koroma’s All People’s Congress (APC) administration, but certain political obstacles blocked passage at the time." (Songhai Advisory, July 29, 2021)
- USAID: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (Sierra Leone)
- UN Women (2017): 'Sierra Leone Steps it up for Gender Equality'. Published: 2020-03-06
Inter-Parliamentary Union [IPU] Parline - Sierra Leone Country Profile
- Rogers, M. N. (2011). Women, politics and decision-making in Sierra Leone. GJDS, 8(1). doi:10.4313/gjds.v8i1.4
- Pathways of Women’s Empowerment. (2011). Case Study: Women and politics in Sierra Leone.
- Dahlerup, D. (2010). Introducing gender quotas in Sierra Leone: How to make electoral gender quotas work. Written for the Campaign for Good Governance in Sierra Leone. [WiP - Women in Politics Research Centre]
- The North-South Institute. (n.d.). It's our turn to rule: The 30% gender quota campain in Sierra Leone. Executive Summary.