List of female interior ministers

An interior ministry (sometimes ministry of internal affairs or ministry of home affairs) is a government ministry typically responsible for policing, emergency management, national security, civil defence, supervision of local governments, conduct of elections, public administration and immigration matters. The ministry is often headed by a minister of the interior or a minister of home affairs.

In some countries, police and security are controlled by a separated ministry. For example, Greece's Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection and Minister of Public Security of Israel. Other countries have also different tasks being entitled to the namely Ministry of the Interior. Not always reflects the naming of the ministry the portfolio behind. For example, Ethiopia's Ministry of Peace has the classical portfolio of an interior ministry but is not named so.

This list boasts only female ministers that had served or currently serving as Minister of Interior, which in charge, mainly of local governments, elections, and public administrations (justice, security, and policing also included if still managed under same ministry). Female ministers of separate ministries, such as of Justice, National Security, and Immigration wouldn't be placed on this list. And, this list only includes that of either sovereign or non-sovereign states.

Sovereign statesEdit

  Denotes incumbent interior minister
  • Italics denotes an acting interior minister
Name Image Country Continent Mandate start Mandate end Term length
Qian Ying     China, People's Republic of Asia 1959 1960 1 year, 0 days
Mabel Moir James     Dominica America 1966 1970 4 years, 0 days
Clara Boscagli     San Marino Europe 1976 1978 2 years, 0 days
Inger Louise Valle     Norway Europe 8 October 1979 3 October 1980 361 days
Kebatshabile Disele     Botswana Africa 1979 1984 4 years, 0 days
Harriet Andreassen     Norway Europe 3 October 1980 14 October 1981 1 year, 11 days
Britta Schall Holberg     Denmark Europe 10 September 1982 12 March 1986 3 years, 183 days
Kaisa Raatikainen     Finland Europe 1 December 1984 30 April 1987 2 years, 150 days
Rita Sinon     Seychelles Africa 1986 1989 3 years, 0 days
Margaret Austin     New Zealand Oceania 8 August 1989 4 September 1990 1 year, 27 days
Ien Dales     Netherlands Europe 7 November 1989 10 January 1994 4 years, 64 days
Lagle Parek     Estonia Europe 21 October 1992 27 November 1993 1 year, 37 days
Birte Weiss     Denmark Europe 25 January 1993 20 October 1997 4 years, 268 days
Ruth Dreifuss      Switzerland Europe 10 March 1993 31 December 2002 9 years, 296 days
Dieuwke de Graaff-Nauta     Netherlands Europe 27 May 1994 22 August 1994 87 days
Meral Akşener     Turkey Asia 8 November 1996 30 June 1997 234 days
Laura Chinchilla     Costa Rica America 12 November 1996 8 May 1998 1 year, 177 days
Yeh Chin-fong     Taiwan Asia 15 May 1997 5 February 1998 266 days
Francisca Lucas Pereira Gomes     Guinea Bissau Africa 6 June 1997 3 December 1998 1 year, 180 days
Ragnhild Queseth Haarstad     Norway Europe 17 October 1997 16 March 1999 1 year, 150 days
Ana Lucía Armijos     Ecuador America 10 August 1998 15 February 1999 189 days
Rosa Russo Iervolino     Italy Europe 21 October 1998 22 December 1999 1 year, 62 days
Vasso Papandreou     Greece Europe 19 February 1999 20 March 2000 1 year, 30 days
Dosta Dimovska     Macedonia, Republic of Europe 22 December 1999 13 May 2001 1 year, 142 days
Francesca Michelotti     San Marino Europe 2000 25 June 2002 2 years, 175 days
Karen Jespersen     Denmark Europe 23 February 2000 27 November 2001 1 year, 277 days
Sylvia Brustad     Norway Europe 21 March 2000 19 October 2001 1 year, 212 days
Vasso Papandreou     Greece Europe 13 April 2000 24 October 2001 1 year, 194 days
Chang Po-ya     Taiwan Asia 20 May 2000 1 February 2001 257 days
Urmila Joella-Sewnundun     Suriname America 12 August 2000 12 August 2005 5 years, 0 days
Vera Sofia Rubi     Honduras America 2001 27 January 2002 1 year, 26 days
Mia Mottley     Barbados America 28 August 2001 18 February 2006 4 years, 174 days
Erna Solberg     Norway Europe 19 October 2001 17 October 2005 3 years, 363 days
Sarah Flood-Beaubrun     Saint Lucia America 11 December 2001 12 January 2004 2 years, 32 days
Mónika Lamperth     Hungary Europe 27 May 2002 30 June 2007 5 years, 34 days
Emma Rossi     San Marino Europe 25 June 2002 17 December 2002 175 days
Cristina Fontes Lima     Cape Verde Africa 19 October 2002 3 April 2004 1 year, 167 days
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula     South Africa Africa 29 April 2004 21 April 2009 4 years, 357 days
Liese Prokop     Austria Europe 22 December 2004 31 December 2006 2 years, 9 days
Rosalia Nghidinwa     Namibia Africa 21 March 2005 4 December 2012 7 years, 258 days
Anne McLellan     Canada Africa 4 April 2005 6 February 2006 308 days
Adriana Delpiano     Chile America 9 May 2005 24 May 2005 15 days
Gail Teixeira     Guyana America 31 May 2005 8 September 2006 1 year, 100 days
Anna Kachikho     Malawi Africa 31 July 2005 1 June 2006 305 days
Åslaug Haga     Norway Europe 17 October 2005 21 September 2007 1 year, 339 days
Alicia Muñoz     Bolivia America 22 January 2006 23 January 2007 1 year, 1 day
Olga Gólcher     Panama America 28 January 2006 1 September 2007 1 year, 216 days
Valeria Ciavatta     San Marino Europe 27 July 2006 9 July 2008 1 year, 348 days
Pilar Mazzetti     Peru America 28 July 2006 23 February 2007 210 days
Gordana Jankuloska     Macedonia, Republic of Europe 26 August 2006 12 May 2015 8 years, 259 days
Ana Isabel Morales     Nicaragua America 10 January 2007 16 January 2017 10 years, 6 days
Guusje ter Horst     Netherlands Europe 22 February 2007 23 February 2010 3 years, 1 day
Daisy Tourné     Uruguay America 8 March 2007 5 June 2009 2 years, 89 days
Adela de Torrebiarte     Guatemala America 27 March 2007 1 July 2008 1 year, 96 days
Anne Holmlund     Finland Europe 19 April 2007 22 June 2011 4 years, 64 days
Michèle Alliot-Marie     France Europe 18 May 2007 23 June 2009 2 years, 36 days
Jacqui Smith     United Kingdom Europe 28 June 2007 5 June 2009 1 year, 342 days
Ma Wen     China, People's Republic of Asia 30 August 2007 16 March 2013 5 years, 198 days
Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa     Norway Europe 21 September 2007 20 October 2009 2 years, 29 days
Mirjana Orašanin     Serbia Europe 26 January 2008 7 July 2008 163 days
Laura Chinchilla     Costa Rica America 30 March 2008 14 April 2008 15 days
Janina del Vecchio Ugalde     Costa Rica America 14 April 2008 8 May 2010 2 years, 24 days
Maria Fekter     Austria Europe 1 July 2008 21 April 2011 2 years, 294 days
Katarina Kresal     Slovenia Europe 24 November 2008 19 August 2011 2 years, 268 days
Sahara Khatun     Bangladesh Asia 6 January 2009 15 September 2012 3 years, 253 days
Janet Napolitano     United States America 21 January 2009 6 September 2013 4 years, 228 days
Sandra Pierantozzi     Palau Oceania 21 January 2009 19 April 2010 1 year, 88 days
Mercedes Cabanillas     Peru America 19 February 2009 11 July 2009 142 days
Linda Abu Meri     Latvia Europe 12 March 2009 17 February 2011 1 year, 342 days
Karen Ellemann     Denmark Europe 7 April 2009 23 February 2010 322 days
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma     South Africa Africa 22 April 2009 3 October 2012 3 years, 164 days
Annemie Turtelboom     Belgium Europe 17 July 2009 6 December 2011 2 years, 142 days
Cécile Manorohanta     Madagascar Africa 7 September 2009 26 March 2011 1 year, 200 days
Liv Signe Navarsete     Norway Europe 20 October 2009 16 October 2013 3 years, 361 days
Adja Satú Camará     Guinea-Bissau Africa 28 October 2009 27 August 2011 1 year, 303 days
Roxana Méndez     Panama America 15 April 2010 20 August 2012 2 years, 127 days
Theresa May     United Kingdom Europe 12 May 2010 13 July 2016 6 years, 62 days
Theresa Makoni     Zimbabwe Africa 24 June 2010 11 September 2013 3 years, 79 days
Marisa Morais     Cape Verde Africa 18 March 2011 22 April 2016 5 years, 35 days
Johanna Mikl-Leitner     Austria Europe 21 April 2011 21 April 2016 5 years, 0 days
Päivi Räsänen     Finland Europe 22 June 2011 29 May 2015 3 years, 341 days
Pelenike Isaia     Tuvalu Oceania 23 September 2011 2 August 2013 1 year, 313 days
Margrethe Vestager     Denmark Europe 3 October 2011 2 September 2014 2 years, 334 days
Annamaria Cancellieri     Italy Europe 16 November 2011 28 April 2013 1 year, 163 days
Joëlle Milquet     Belgium Europe 6 December 2011 22 July 2014 2 years, 228 days
Amy Adams     New Zealand Oceania 14 December 2011 3 April 2012 111 days
Liesbeth Spies     Netherlands Europe 16 December 2011 5 November 2012 325 days
Eleni Mavrou     Cyprus Europe 20 March 2012 28 February 2013 345 days
Eka Zguladze     Georgia Europe 20 September 2012 25 October 2012 35 days
Naledi Pandor     South Africa Africa 4 October 2012 6 May 2014 1 year, 214 days
Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana     Namibia Africa 4 December 2012 1 February 2018 5 years, 59 days
Gülsün Yücel     Northern Cyprus Europe 13 June 2013 2 September 2013 81 days
Petya Parvanova   Bulgaria Europe 13 March 2013 29 May 2013 77 days
Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir     Iceland Europe 23 May 2013 4 December 2014 1 year, 195 days
Charmaine Scotty     Nauru Oceania 13 June 2013 Incumbent 8 years, 131 days
Princess Tsandzile Dlamini     Swaziland Africa 4 November 2013 5 September 2018 4 years, 305 days
Sheikh Hasina     Bangladesh Asia 21 November 2013 Incumbent 7 years, 335 days
Sanae Takaichi     Japan Asia 3 September 2014 3 August 2017 2 years, 334 days
Vesna Györkös Žnidar     Slovenia Europe 18 September 2014 13 September 2018 3 years, 360 days
Teresa Piotrowska     Poland Europe 22 September 2014 16 November 2015 1 year, 55 days
Anabela Rodrigues     Portugal Europe 19 November 2014 30 October 2015 345 days
Ólöf Nordal     Iceland Europe 4 December 2014 11 January 2017 2 years, 38 days
Rumyana Bachvarova     Bulgaria Europe 11 March 2015 27 January 2017 1 year, 322 days
Karen Ellemann     Denmark Europe 28 June 2015 28 November 2016 1 year, 153 days
Rose Akol     Uganda Africa 16 November 2015 Incumbent 5 years, 340 days
Constança Urbano de Sousa     Portugal Europe 26 November 2015 18 October 2017 1 year, 326 days
Daisy Alik-Momotaro     Marshall Islands Oceania 11 January 2016 28 January 2016 17 days
Amenta Matthew     Marshall Islands Oceania 28 January 2016 13 January 2020 3 years, 350 days
Paula Risikko     Finland Europe 22 June 2016 5 February 2018 1 year, 228 days
Amber Rudd     United Kingdom Europe 13 July 2016 29 April 2018 1 year, 290 days
Grace Chiumia     Malawi Africa 6 September 2016 24 October 2017 1 year, 48 days
Mitcy Larue     Seychelles Africa 29 October 2016 Incumbent 4 years, 358 days
Carmen Daniela Dan     Romania Europe 4 January 2017 15 July 2019 2 years, 192 days
María Amelia Coronel     Nicaragua America 16 January 2017 Incumbent 4 years, 279 days
Dominique Hasler     Liechtenstein Europe 30 March 2017 25 March 2021 3 years, 360 days
Hlengiwe Mkhize     South Africa Africa 31 March 2017 17 October 2017 200 days
Elaine Duke     United States America 31 July 2017 6 December 2017 128 days
Seiko Noda     Japan Asia 3 August 2017 2 October 2018 1 year, 60 days
Ayanda Dlodlo     South Africa Africa 17 October 2017 27 February 2018 134 days
Cecilia Chazama     Malawi Africa 24 October 2017 7 November 2018 1 year, 14 days
Kajsa Ollongren     Netherlands Europe 26 October 2017 1 November 2019 2 years, 6 days
Tracey Martin     New Zealand Oceania 26 October 2017 6 November 2020 3 years, 361 days
Kirstjen Nielsen     United States America 6 December 2017 7 April 2019 1 year, 122 days
'Akosita Lavulavu     Tonga Oceania 18 January 2018 11 April 2018 83 days
Denisa Saková     Slovakia Europe 26 April 2018 20 March 2020 1 year, 329 days
Losaline Ma'asi     Tonga Oceania 26 June 2018 21 January 2019 209 days
Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez     Colombia America 7 August 2018 13 February 2020 1 year, 190 days
María Paula Romo     Ecuador America 31 August 2018 24 November 2020 2 years, 85 days
Muferiat Kamil     Ethiopia Africa 16 October 2018 Incumbent 3 years, 6 days
Princess Lindiwe Dlamini     Eswatini Africa 2 November 2018 Incumbent 2 years, 354 days
Katri Raik     Estonia Europe 26 November 2018 29 April 2019 154 days
Olga Sánchez Cordero     Mexico America 1 December 2018 Incumbent 2 years, 325 days
Taina Bofferding     Luxembourg Europe 5 December 2018 Incumbent 2 years, 321 days
Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde     Norway Europe 22 January 2019 24 January 2020 1 year, 2 days
Raya Haffar Al Hassan     Lebanon Asia 31 January 2019 21 January 2020 355 days
Elżbieta Witek     Poland Europe 4 June 2019 9 August 2019 66 days
Maria Ohisalo     Finland Europe 6 June 2019 Incumbent 2 years, 138 days
Astrid Krag     Denmark Europe 27 June 2019 21 January 2021 1 year, 208 days
Priti Patel     United Kingdom Europe 24 July 2019 Incumbent 2 years, 90 days
Rita Tamašunienė     Lithuania Europe 7 August 2019 7 December 2020 1 year, 122 days
Luciana Lamorgese     Italy Europe 5 September 2019 Incumbent 2 years, 47 days
Sanae Takaichi     Japan Asia 11 September 2019 16 September 2020 1 year, 5 days
Alicia Arango     Colombia America 13 February 2020 22 December 2020 313 days
Janaina Tewaney     Panama America 6 March 2020 Incumbent 1 year, 230 days
Kajsa Ollongren     Netherlands Europe 14 April 2020 Incumbent 1 year, 191 days
Annelies Verlinden     Belgium Europe 1 October 2020 Incumbent 1 year, 21 days
Jan Tinetti     New Zealand Ocenia 20 November 2020 Incumbent 336 days
Agnė Bilotaitė   Lithuania Europe 7 December 2020 Incumbent 319 days
Sabine Monauni   Liechtenstein Europe 25 March 2021 Incumbent 211 days
Karen Andrews     Australia Oceania 29 March 2021 Incumbent 207 days
Ayelet Shaked     Israel Asia 13 June 2021 Incumbent 131 days
Alexandra Vela     Ecuador America 14 July 2021 Incumbent 100 days

Constituent and dependent territoriesEdit

Name Image Country Continent Mandate start Mandate end Term length
Yevgenia Bosch     Ukrainian People's Republic of Soviets[a] Europe 30 December 1917 1 March 1918 61 days
Paula Cox     Bermuda America 10 November 1998 29 July 2003 4 years, 261 days
Cathy Jamieson     Scotland Europe 21 May 2003 17 May 2007 3 years, 361 days
Lilian Boyce     Turks and Caicos Islands America 12 February 2009 27 March 2009 43 days
Karen Delancy     Turks and Caicos Islands America 27 March 2009 14 November 2012 3 years, 232 days
Porsha Stubbs-Smith     Turks and Caicos Islands America 14 November 2012 14 November 2015 3 years, 0 days
Amanda Missick     Turks and Caicos Islands America 14 November 2015 20 December 2016 1 year, 36 days
Claire Sugden   Northern Ireland Europe 25 May 2016 26 January 2017 246 days
Tara Rivers     Cayman Islands America 6 June 2017 Incumbent 4 years, 138 days

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ One of Soviet puppet states that existed on the territory of Ukraine during Ukrainian–Soviet War. Declared independence from the Russian Soviet Republic on 25 December 1917.

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