Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 1st May 2013

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 May 2013. 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 46'432
Gender breakdown known for 46'432
Men 36'740
Women 9'692
Percentage of women 20.9%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 39'085
Gender breakdown known for 39'085
Men 30'765
Women 8'320
Percentage of women 21.3%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 7'347
Gender breakdown known for 7'347
Men 5'975
Women 1'372
Percentage of women 18.7%

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 42.0% --- ---
Americas 24.8% 25.0% 24.9%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
24.3% 22.6% 23.9%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
22.6% 22.6% 22.6%

Sub-Saharan Africa

21.2% 18.0%


Asia 19.0% 13.8% 18.5%
Arab States 15.7% 6.8% 13.8%
Pacific 12.7% 36.0% 15.3%

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