Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 1st March 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 March 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 44'984
Gender breakdown known for 44'984
Men 35'043
Women 9'941
Percentage of women 22.1%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 38'046
Gender breakdown known for 38'046
Men 29'526
Women 8'520
Percentage of women 22.4%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 6'938
Gender breakdown known for 6'938
Men 5'517
Women 1'421
Percentage of women 20.5%

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 41.5% --- ---
Americas 26.8% 26.4% 26.7%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
25.3% 24.3% 25.1%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
23.7% 24.3% 23.8%

Sub-Saharan Africa

22.6% 20.3%


Asia 19.0% 13.3% 18.4%
Arab States 18.1% 7.3% 16.0%
Pacific 13.1% 36.0% 15.7%

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