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The IPU as a knowledge hub for women in politics

The IPU has been collecting data on women in politics since the 1970s, when the issue of women’s participation in decision-making was barely taken into account. Our research provides invaluable statistics on progress and remaining challenges, and makes us a global reference point for women in parliament.

Our extensive database on women in politics ranks women in national parliaments and regional parliamentary assemblies. It provides comparative data by country, as well as current world and regional averages.

Key IPU publications regularly provide insightful comparative data and analyses on women in parliaments and in politics more generally. See our annual analysis Women in Parliament and the map Women in Politics published in partnership with UN Women.

We also have databases on women’s parliamentary caucuses  and specialized parliamentary committees on gender equality.

The IPU partners with International IDEA and Stockholm University in running a global database on gender electoral quotas, which provides country-specific data on existing mechanisms to ensure women’s participation in parliaments.