Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 31 August 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 August 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 43'982
Gender breakdown known for 43'374
Men 35'836
Women 7'538
Percentage of women 17.4%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 37'177
Gender breakdown known for 36'933
Men 30'467
Women 6'466
Percentage of women 17.5%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 6'805
Gender breakdown known for 6'441
Men 5'369
Women 1'072
Percentage of women 16.6%

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%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
20.4% 17.7% 19.8%
Americas 20.0% 19.4% 19.9%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
18.4% 17.7% 18.2%
Sub-Saharan Africa 17.2% 18.6% 17.3%
Asia 16.6% 16.6% 16.6%
Pacific 13.1% 31.8% 15.3%
Arab States 9.6% 6.3% 9.0%

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