Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 1st September 2015

Comparative data by country The data in the tables below has been compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the basis of information provided by National Parliaments by 1st September 2015. The percentages do not take into account the case of parliaments for which no data was available at that date. Comparative data on the percentage of women in each National Parliament as well as data concerning the two regional parliamentary assemblies elected by direct suffrage can be found on separate pages. You can use the PARLINE database to view detailed results of parliamentary elections by country. Regional parliamentary assemblies
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World average
Both Houses combined
Total MPs 45'113
Gender breakdown known for 45'113
Men 34'951
Women 10'162
Percentage of women 22.5%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 38'165
Gender breakdown known for 38'165
Men 29'431
Women 8'734
Percentage of women 22.9%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 6'948
Gender breakdown known for 6'948
Men 5'520
Women 1'428
Percentage of women 20.6%

Regional averages
Regions are classified by descending order of the percentage of women in the lower or single House
Single House
or lower House
Upper House
or Senate
Both Houses
Nordic countries 41.1% --- ---
Americas 27.4% 26.3% 27.2%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
25.8% 24.3% 25.5%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
24.4% 24.3% 24.4%

Sub-Saharan Africa

23.4% 20.1%


Arab States 19.0% 8.9% 17.1%
Asia 19.0% 13.2% 18.4%
Pacific 13.1% 36.0% 15.7%

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