Women in National Parliaments (Statistical Archive)
Situation as of 5 December 2001

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 5 December 2001. 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. Regional parliamentary assemblies
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World average
Both Houses combined
Total MPs41.082
Gender breakdown known for38.282
Percentage of women14,0%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs35.046
Gender breakdown known for32.883
Percentage of women14,1%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs6.036
Gender breakdown known for5.399
Percentage of women13,3%

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 39,0% --- 39,0%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
16,4% 14,6% 16,0%
Asia 15,6% 12,1% 15,4%
Americas 14,8% 16,6% 15,1%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
14,6% 14,6% 14,6%
Sub-Saharan Africa 12,4% 12,8% 12,5%
Pacific 8,6% 0,0% 8,5%
Arab States 4,6% 2,5% 4,3%

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