Women in Algerian politics: some numbers

Speaking of North African women in politics, here are some tables and spreadsheets on women in Algerian politics, focusing primarily at the national level, looking at the two houses of parliament — the National People’s Assembly (APN, lower house) and the Council of the Nation (the upper house/senate).

These are still works in progress and no where close to being finished, but should become more interesting with the addition of historical data for the APN, and one would suppose the Council of the Nation, though it is relatively young and female participation there is rather especially low (hardly four senators are women). Also interesting will be more information about female representatives’ home constituencies (who their voters were, what turnout was like, etc.), and, of course, data on female participation in municipal and lower level elections. None of this is to place excessive emphasis on elections that, in most of the country, have strikingly low turn out and a body that has close to no real power.

Some critical work has been done on women’s participation in Algerian politics and society (especially in English by Lazreg), and it will be interesting to see in what ways Algerian women compare and contrast to their Moroccan counterparts. Louisa Hanoune’s second place finish in last April’s election and the promotion of Fatma-Zohra Ardjoun to the rank of General made headlines last summer have been held up as examples of women’s progress in Algeria. But on the ground much work remains needs to be done, and the numbers of women participating in politics might suggest that these two women are exceptions rather than exemplars of the rule. Still, in the comparative perspective, Algeria lags behind other Arab and African countries in women’s membership in parliament, even though women act as heads of multiple parties.

4 thoughts on “Women in Algerian politics: some numbers

  1. Not that I know of. They have been popular among women for a long time, but I don’t know of any quota system in the PT.

    I assume it’s mostly window dressing.

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