Global and regional averages of women in national parliaments

Each month, IPU publishes global and regional averages of the percentage of women in national parliaments. See the monthly ranking for the data used to compile the averages. See the IPU archive site for global and regional averages from 1997 to 2018.

Averages for time period

The data in this table has been compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the basis of information provided by national parliaments.

Figures correspond to the number of seats filled in Parliament at the given time. These averages may evolve over time based on updates received from Parliaments.

See the regional groupings of countries used to make the regional averages.

Global and regional averages for 1997-2018 are available on the IPU archive site.

Averages as of 1st June 2020

Global averages
  Lower chamber and unicameral Upper chamber All chambers
Total MPs 38,721 7,177 45,898
Gender breakdown known for 38,652 7,177 45,829
Men 28,955 5,400 34,355
Women 9,697 1,777 11,474
Percentage of women 25.0% 24.8% 25.0%
Regional averages
Region Lower chamber and unicameral Upper chamber All chambers
Americas 31.7% 32.4% 31.8%
Europe 30.1% 29.1% 29.9%
Sub-Saharan Africa 24.8% 24.0% 24.7%
Asia 20.6% 17.2% 20.2%
Middle East and North Africa 17.5% 10.8% 16.6%
Pacific 16.7% 43.8% 19.6%