Zimbabwe: Women's representation in the House of Assembly

Updated October 2019

Note: All elections have been conducted using a single member constituency system where members were elected by a plurality. The exception is the 1980 election when the 80 seats on the common roll were elected by proportional representation and the 20 seats on the white roll were conducted using the single member constituency system (for more information see 1980 Elections).

Year Women's seats Total seats % women
2018 85 270 31.48
2013 85 270 31.48
2008 30 210 14.29
2005 20 120 16.67
2000* 14 150 9.33
1995* 22 150 14.67
1990* 21 150 14
1985 8 100 8
1980 9 100 9

Table note

* Includes nominated and ex officio members.

Table sources

CHIRORO, B 2005, "Persistent Inequalities: Women and Electoral Politics in the Zimbabwe Elections in 2005" IN Journal of African Elections, 4(2), October 2005, 100.
VERITAS 2008 "Women's Watch 8/2008", 15 April.

INTERPARLIAMENTARY UNION 2018 "Zimbabwe: National Assembly: Election in 2013", http://archive.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/arc/2361_13.htm (accessed 1 Oct 2019).

INTERPARLIAMENTARY UNION 2018 "Zimbabwe: National Assembly: Last election", http://archive.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/2361_E.htm (accessed 1 Oct 2019).