Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 31 July 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 July 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
New: you can now consult an archive of statistical data on women in National Parliaments.

World average
Both Houses combined
Total MPs 46'432
Gender breakdown known for 45'668
Men 36'549
Women 9'119
Percentage of women 20.0%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 39'103
Gender breakdown known for 38'467
Men 30'654
Women 7'813
Percentage of women 20.3%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 7'329
Gender breakdown known for 7'201
Men 5'895
Women 1'306
Percentage of women 18.1%

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% --- ---
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
23.4% 21.1% 22.9%
Americas 22.4% 23.3% 22.5%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
21.7% 21.1% 21.5%

Sub-Saharan Africa

20.4% 19.2%


Asia 18.5% 14.1% 18.0%
Arab States 14.9% 6.4% 13.2%
Pacific 12.7% 34.8% 15.2%

Women in politicsHome pageAreas of activityFunctioning and documents