Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 1st November 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 November 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 45'875
Gender breakdown known for 45'546
Men 35'823
Women 9'723
Percentage of women 21.3%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 38'637
Gender breakdown known for 38'380
Men 30'028
Women 8'352
Percentage of women 21.8%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 7'238
Gender breakdown known for 7'166
Men 5'795
Women 1'371
Percentage of women 19.1%

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% --- ---
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
24.6% 22.6% 24.2%
Americas 24.2% 23.8% 24.1%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
23.0% 22.6% 22.9%

Sub-Saharan Africa

21.1% 18.7%


Asia 19.1% 13.8% 18.5%
Arab States 17.8% 7.7% 15.9%
Pacific 13.1% 38.6% 15.9%

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