Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 31 December 2005

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 December 2005. 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 44'209
Gender breakdown known for 43'392
Men 36'797
Women 7'137
Percentage of women 16.2%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 37'270
Gender breakdown known for 36'995
Men 30'911
Women 6'084
Percentage of women16.4%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 6'939
Gender breakdown known for 6'997
Men 5'944
Women 1'053
Percentage of women 15.0%

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 40.0% --- 40.0%
Americas 19.7% 19.9% 19.7%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
19.0% 16.3% 18.4%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
16.9% 16.3% 16.8%
Sub-Saharan Africa 16.4% 17.6% 16.5%
Asia 16.1% 14.4% 15.9%
Pacific 12.0% 26.5% 13.9%
Arab States 7.0% 5.9% 6.8%

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