Women Speakers: Global and regional percentages

Global and regional percentages of women presiding officers in national parliaments is automatically updated every-time there is a change. Figures correspond to the number of positions filled at the given time. See the full list of women Speakers and regional groupings of countries used to make the regional percentages for more information.

Out of a total of 192 Parliaments, 80 of which are bicameral, there exist 279 posts of Presiding Officers of Parliament or of one of its Houses. The posts are comprised as follows:

  • 267 parliamentary chambers with one presiding officer each;
  • Three chambers with two presiding officers each (San Marino's single chamber, the US Senate and the Liberian Senate);
  • Two chambers with three presiding officers each (Bosnia-Herzegovina's lower and upper chambers)

Gender breakdown by region

RegionTotal positionsTotal filledTotal menTotal womenPercentage of women speakers
Global2802792215820.79%
Americas5655381730.91%
Asia454539613.33%
Europe7070511927.14%
Middle East and North Africa25252414.00%
Pacific16161516.25%
Sub-Saharan Africa6868541420.59%