Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 31 October 2011

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 2011. 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 44'657
Gender breakdown known for 44'021
Men 35'474
Women 8'547
Percentage of women 19.4%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 37'751
Gender breakdown known for 37'263
Men 29'947
Women 7'316
Percentage of women 19.6%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 6'906
Gender breakdown known for 6'758
Men 5'527
Women 1'231
Percentage of women 18.4%

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 42.3% --- ---
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
22.4% 20.3% 22.0%
Americas 21.4% 22.1% 21.5%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
20.5% 20.3% 20.5%

Sub-Saharan Africa

19.8% 19.1% 19.7%
Asia 18.3% 15.2% 18.0%
Pacific 12.6% 32,6% 14.8%
Arab States 11.4% 7.3% 10.5%

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