Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 1st October 2019

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 1st October 2019. 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
Consult the archive of statistical data on women in National Parliaments.
From November 2019, world and regional averages of the percentage of women in parliament are now being published on Parline, the IPU's open data platform: https://data.ipu.org/women-averages

World average
Both Houses combined
Total MPs 46'218
Gender breakdown known for 46'218
Men 34'878
Women 11'340
Percentage of women 24.5%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs 39'013
Gender breakdown known for 39'013
Men 29'423
Women 9'590
Percentage of women 24.6%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs 7'205
Gender breakdown known for 7'205
Men 5'455
Women 1'750
Percentage of women 24.3%

Regional averages
Regions are classified by descending order of the percentage of women in the lower or single House

IPU's regional groupings for calculatiing regional averages of women in national parliaments have been reorganized at 1 January 2019. the current composition of each group may be consulted in this document

Single House
or lower House
Upper House
or Senate
Both Houses
Nordic countries 44.0% --- ---
Americas 30.6% 31.5% 30.8%
Europe (Nordic countries included) 29.6% 28.5% 29.4%
Europe (Nordic countries not included) 28.1% 28.5% 28.2%

Sub-Saharan Africa

24.1% 23.9%


Asia 20.1% 16.7% 19.7%
Middle East and North Africa 17.7% 10.7% 16.8%
Pacific 16.6% 43.8% 19.4%

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