Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 31 December 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 December 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
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World average
Both Houses combined
Total MPs 46'183
Gender breakdown known for 45'908
Men 36'553
Women 9'355
Percentage of women 20.4%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 38'993
Gender breakdown known for 38'718
Men 30'682
Women 8'036
Percentage of women 20.8%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 7'190
Gender breakdown known for 7'190
Men 5'871
Women 1'319
Percentage of women 18.3%

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% --- ---
Americas 23.9% 25.0% 24.1%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
23.7% 21.5% 23.2%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
21.9% 21.5% 21.8%

Sub-Saharan Africa

21.2% 17.5%


Asia 18.4% 14.1% 17.9%
Arab States 14.9% 6.7% 13.3%
Pacific 12.7% 36.0% 15.3%

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