Women in National parliaments (Statistical Archive)
Situation as of 12 October 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 12 October 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 MPs40.927
Gender breakdown known for37.783
Percentage of women13,9%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs35.053
Gender breakdown known for32.646
Percentage of women14,0%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs5.874
Gender breakdown known for5.137
Percentage of women13,2%

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 38,7% --- 38,7%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
16,7% 14,0% 16,2%
Americas 15,4% 15,3% 15,4%
Asia 15,1% 14,2% 15,1%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
14,5% 14,0% 14,4%
Sub-Saharan Africa 11,8% 12,8% 11,9%
Pacific 11,7% 25,9% 13,2%
Arab States 4,6% 2,7% 4,3%

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