Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 31 March 2012

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 2012. 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 46'056
Gender breakdown known for 45'831
Men 36'841
Women 8'990
Percentage of women 19.6%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 38'741
Gender breakdown known for 38'516
Men 30'858
Women 7'658
Percentage of women 19.9%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 7'315
Gender breakdown known for 7'315
Men 5'983
Women 1'332
Percentage of women 18.2%

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 42.0% --- ---
Americas 22.7% 23.3% 22.8%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
22.7% 21.1% 22.4%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
20.9% 21.1% 20.9%

Sub-Saharan Africa

19.8% 19.0% 19.7%
Asia 18.8% 14.1% 18.2%
Pacific 12.4% 34.8% 14.9%
Arab States 11.7% 6.4% 10.6%

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