Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 20 September 2002

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 20 September 2002. 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 MPs41'356
Gender breakdown known for38'359
Percentage of women14.7%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs35'365
Gender breakdown known for32'772
Percentage of women14.9%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs5'991
Gender breakdown known for5'587
Percentage of women14.0%

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 39.9% --- 39.9%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
17.5% 14.8% 16.9%
Americas 16.2% 17.5% 16.4%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
15.2% 14.8% 15.1%
Asia 15.1% 13.0% 14.9%
Pacific 13.7% 25.9% 15.2%
Sub-Saharan Africa 13.6% 12.7% 13.5%
Arab States 5.0% 2.6% 4.7%

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