Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 1st March 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 March 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 45'614
Gender breakdown known for 45'114
Men 35'302
Women 9'812
Percentage of women 21.7%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 38'522
Gender breakdown known for 38'022
Men 29'605
Women 8'417
Percentage of women 22.1%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 7'092
Gender breakdown known for 7'092
Men 5'697
Women 1'395
Percentage of women 19.7%

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 42.1% --- ---
Americas 25.2% 25.3% 25.2%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
25.1% 22.8% 24.6%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
23.5% 22.8% 23.3%

Sub-Saharan Africa

22.9% 19.8%


Asia 18.7% 14.1% 18.1%
Arab States 17.8% 7.7% 15.9%
Pacific 13.4% 38.6% 16.2%

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