Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 31 March 2006

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 31 March 2006. 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 43'977
Gender breakdown known for 43'072
Men 35'943
Women 7'129
Percentage of women 16.6%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 37'070
Gender breakdown known for 36'267
Men 30181
Women 6'086
Percentage of women16.8%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 6'907
Gender breakdown known for 6'805
Men 5'762
Women 1'043
Percentage of women 15.3%

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 40.0% --- 40.0%
Americas 20.2% 21.4% 20.4%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
19.6% 16.3% 18.9%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
17.5% 16.3% 17.2%
Sub-Saharan Africa 16.5% 17.6% 16.6%
Asia 163% 14.7% 16.1%
Pacific 12.3% 26.5% 14.3%
Arab States 8.2% 5.9% 7.7%

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