Women in Legislative Chambers
 

Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) www.ipu.org:


WORLD AVERAGES
BOTH HOUSES COMBINED
Total MPs 46'232
Gender breakdown known for 46'232
Men 37'075
Women 9'157
Percentage of women 19.8%

SINGLE HOUSE OR LOWER HOUSE
Total MPs 38'910
Gender breakdown known for 38'910
Men 31'084
Women 7'826
Percentage of women 20.1%
UPPER HOUSE OR SENATE
Total MPs 7'322
Gender breakdown known for 7'322
Men 5'991
Women 1'331
Percentage of women 18.2%

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
combined
Nordic countries 42.0% --- ---
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
23.0% 21.1% 22.6%
Americas 22.8% 23.2% 22.8%
Europe - OSCE member countries
excluding Nordic countries
21.2% 21.1% 21.1%
Sub-Saharan Africa 19.8% 19.0% 19.7%
Asia 18.4% 14.0% 17.9%
Arab States 14.7% 6.4% 13.0%
Pacific 12.4% 34.8% 14.9%
 

Sub-region/Country

Legislative Chamber

Date of Latest Election

Extent of Women's Representation

% of Women

Pacific Sub-Region

       

Australia

House of Representatives

Senate

November 2007

November 2007

40 out of 150 seats

27 out of 76 seats

26.7

35.5

Kiribati

House of Assembly

August 2007

2 out of 46 seats

4.3

Marshall Islands

Parliament

November 2007

1 out of 33 seats

3.0

Federated States of Micronesia

Congress

March 2005

 0 out of 14 seats

0

Nauru

Parliament

April 2008

0 out of  18 seats

0

New Zealand

House of Representatives

November 2008

41 out of 122 seats

33.6

Palau

House of Delegates

Senate

November 2008

November 2008

0 out of 16 seats

2 out of  13 seats

0

15.4

Papua New Guinea

National Parliament

June 2007

1 out of 109 seats

0.9

Samoa

Legislative Assembly

March 2006

4 out of 49 seats

8.2

Solomon Islands

National Parliament

April 2006

0 out of 50 seats

0

Tonga

Legislative Assembly

April 2008

1 out of 32 seats

3.1

Tuvalu

Parliament

August 2006

0 out of 15 seats

0

Vanuatu

Parliament

September 2008

2 out of 52 seats

3.8

East Asia Sub-Region

       

People's Republic of China

National People's Congress

March 2008

637 out of 2987 seats

21.3

Taiwan

Legislative Yuan

National Assembly

December 2004

? out of 234 seats

? out of 334 seats

       ?

         ?

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Supreme People's Assembly

August 2003

138 out of 687 seats

20.1

Republic of Korea

National Assembly

April 2008

41 out of 299 seats

13.7

Japan

House of Representatives

House of Councillors

September 2005

July 2007

45 out of 480 seats

44 out of 242 seats

9.4

18.2

Central Asia Sub-Region

       

Armenia

National Assembly

May 2007

11 out of 131 seats

8.4

Azerbaijan

National Assembly

November 2005

14 out of 123 seats

11.4

Kazakhstan

House of Representatives

Senate

August 2007

October 2008

17 out of 107 seats

2 out of 47 seats

15.9

4.3

Kyrgyzstan

Supreme Council

December 2007

23 out of 90 seats

25.6

Mongolia

State Great Hural

June 2008

3 out of 74 seats

4.1

Tajikistan

House of Representatives

National Assembly

February 2005

March 2005

11 out of  63 seats

 8 out of 34 seats

17.5

23.5

Turkmenistan

Assembly

December 2008

? out of 124 seats

0

Uzbekistan

Parliament 

Senate

December 2004

January 2005

21 out of 120 seats

15 out of 100 seats

17.5

15.0

South Asia Sub-Region

       

Afghanistan

House of the People

House of Elders

September 2005

September 2005

67 out of 242 seats

22 out of 102 seats

27.7

21.6

Bangladesh

(45 reserved seats are yet to be filled)

Parliament

December 2008

19 out of 300 seats

6.3

Bhutan

National Assembly

Senate or Upper House

March 2008

December 2007

4 out of 4 7 seats

6 out of 25 seats

8.5

24.0

India

House of the People

Council of States

April 2004

June 2008

49 out of 541 seats

23 out of 243 seats

9.1

9.5

Islamic Republic of Iran

Islamic Consultative Assembly

March 2008

8 out of 286 seats

2.8

Maldives

People's Majlis

January 2005

6 out of 50 seats

12.0

Nepal

Legislative Parliament

April 2008

197 out of 594 seats

33.2

Pakistan

National Assembly

Senate

February 2008

March 2006

76 out of 338 seats

17 out of 100 seats 

22.5

17.0

Sri Lanka

Parliament

April 2004

13 out of 225 seats

5.8

SOUTH EAST SUB REGION

       

Cambodia

National Assembly

Senate

July 2008

January 2006

20 out of 123 seats


9 out of 61 seats

16.3


14.8

Indonesia

House of Representatives

April 2004

64 out of 550 seats

11.6

Lao People's Democratic Republic

National Assembly

April 2006

29 out of 115 seats

25.2

Malaysia

House of Representatives

 Senate

March 2008

March 2008

24 out of 222 seats

17 out of 59 seats

10.8

28.8

Philippines

House of Representatives

Senate

May 2007

May 2007

49 out of 239 seats

4 out of 23 seats

20.5

17.4

Timor Leste National Parliament

June 2007

19 out of 65 seats

29.2

Singapore

Parliament

May 2006

23 out of 94 seats

24.5

Thailand

National Legislative Assembly

Senate

December 2007

March 2008

56 out of 480 seats

24 out of 150 seats

11.7

16.0

Viet Nam

National Assembly

May 2007

127 out of 493 seats

25.8

 
 

 


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