Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 31 May 2007

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 May 2007. 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 43'861
Gender breakdown known for 43'166
Men 35'787
Women 7'379
Percentage of women 17.1%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 37'156
Gender breakdown known for 36'560
Men 30'232
Women 6'328
Percentage of women 17.3%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 6'705
Gender breakdown known for 6'606
Men 5'555
Women 1'051
Percentage of women 15.9%

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 41.6% --- 41.6%
Americas 20.0% 19.4% 19.9%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
19.8% 17.2% 19.2%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
17.7% 17.2% 17.7%
Sub-Saharan Africa 17.4% 18.5% 17.5%
Asia 16.4% 15.7% 16.4%
Pacific 12.4% 31.8% 14.5%
Arab States 9.6% 6.4% 8.9%

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