Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 1st December 2016

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 December 2016. 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 46'048
Gender breakdown known for 45'773
Men 35'247
Women 10'526
Percentage of women 23.0%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 39'151
Gender breakdown known for 38'876
Men 29'899
Women 8'977
Percentage of women 23.1%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 6'897
Gender breakdown known for 6'897
Men 5'348
Women 1'549
Percentage of women 22.5%

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 41.6% --- ---
Americas 27.8% 27.7% 27.8%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
25.9% 25.1% 25.7%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
24.4% 25.1% 24.6%

Sub-Saharan Africa

23.5% 22.0%


Asia 19.5% 16.0% 19.2%
Arab States 19.1% 12.6% 18.2%
Pacific 14.2% 33.7% 16.4%

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