Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 1st January 2019

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 Janurary 2019. 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 46'182
Gender breakdown known for 46'182
Men 34'972
Women 11'210
Percentage of women 24.3%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 39'181
Gender breakdown known for 39'181
Men 29'659
Women 9'522
Percentage of women 24.3%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 7'001
Gender breakdown known for 7'001
Men 5'313
Women 1'688
Percentage of women 24.1%

Regional averages
Regions are classified by descending order of the percentage of women in the lower or single House

IPU's regional groupings for calculatiing regional averages of women in national parliaments have been reorganized at 1 January 2019. the current composition of each group may be consulted in this document

Single House
or lower House
Upper House
or Senate
Both Houses
Nordic countries 42.5% --- ---
Americas 30.6% 31.3% 30.6%
Europe (Nordic countries included) 28.6% 28.0% 28.5%
Europe (Nordic countries not included) 27.2% 28.0% 27.4%

Sub-Saharan Africa

23.9% 22.2%


Asia 19.9% 17.4% 19.6%
Middle East and North Africa 19.0% 12.5% 18.1%
Pacific 16.3% 36.0% 18.4%

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