Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 1st December 2014


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 December 2014. 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 44'946
Gender breakdown known for 44'585
Men 34'828
Women 9'757
Percentage of women 21.9%


Single House or lower House
Total MPs 38'010
Gender breakdown known for 37'644
Men 29'304
Women 8'360
Percentage of women 22.2%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 6'936
Gender breakdown known for 6'921
Men 5'524
Women 1'397
Percentage of women 20.2%

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
combined
Nordic countries 42.0% --- ---
Americas 26.7% 26.6% 26.6%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
25.3% 23.2% 24.8%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
23.7% 23.2% 23.6%

Sub-Saharan Africa

22.1% 20.2%

21.8%

Asia 18.8% 14.1% 18.3%
Arab States 17.9% 7.7% 16.0%
Pacific 12.7% 36.0% 15.3%

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