Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 30 April 2009

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 30 April 2009. 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 44'638
Gender breakdown known for 42'836
Men 35'004
Women 7'832
Percentage of women 18.3%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 37'698
Gender breakdown known for 35'968
Men 29'333
Women 6'635
Percentage of women 18.4%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 6'940
Gender breakdown known for 6'868
Men 5'671
Women 1'197
Percentage of women 17.4%

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 42.0% --- ---
Americas 21.6% 20.4% 21.4%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
21.2% 19.4% 20.8%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
19.2% 19.4% 19.3%
Asia 19.0% 16.5% 18.8%
Sub-Saharan Africa 16.6% 20.5% 17.0%
Pacific 13.0% 32,6% 15.2%
Arab States 9.7% 7.0% 9.1%

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