Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 15 December 2000

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 15 December 2000. 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 MPs40.428
Gender breakdown known for36.007
Percentage of women13,8%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs34.495
Gender breakdown known for30.724
Percentage of women13,9%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs5.933
Gender breakdown known for5.283
Percentage of women13,4%

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 38,8% --- 38,8%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
16,5% 13,8% 16,0%
Americas 15,2% 16,6% 15,9%
Asia 15,0% 15,5% 15,0%
Europe - OSCE member countries
Nordic countries not including
14,2% 13,8% 14,1%
Sub-Saharan Africa 11,9% 13,9% 12,1%
Pacific 12,0% 25,6% 13,6%
Arab States 3,8% 2,7% 3,6%

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