Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 31 October 2010

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 October 2010. 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 45'065
Gender breakdown known for 42'957
Men 34'767
Women 8'190
Percentage of women 19.1%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 38'043
Gender breakdown known for 36'458
Men 29'447
Women 7'011
Percentage of women 19.2%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 7'022
Gender breakdown known for 6'499
Men 5'320
Women 1'179
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 41.6% --- ---
Americas 24.4% 23.7% 24.3%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
21.9% 19.5% 21.4%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
20.0% 19.5% 19.9%
Asia 18.4% 17.0% 18.3%
Sub-Saharan Africa 18.3% 19.7% 18.5%
Pacific 12.6% 15,4% 12.7%
Arab States 11.1% 8.1% 10.5%

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