Women in parliament: Global and regional averages

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 as of 1st January 2020

Global averages
  Lower chamber and unicameral Upper chamber All chambers
Total MPs 38,830 7,195 46,025
Gender breakdown known for 38,830 7,195 46,025
Men 29,148 5,423 34,571
Women 9,682 1,772 11,454
Percentage of women 24.9% 24.6% 24.9%
Regional averages
Region Lower chamber and unicameral Upper chamber All chambers
Americas 31.1% 32.1% 31.3%
Caribbean 36.7% 29.7% 35.8%
North America 34.7% 41.6% 36.1%
Central America 27.9% 21.4% 27.7%
South America 26.5% 26.1% 26.4%
Europe 30.1% 29.1% 29.9%
Nordic countries 43.9% 0.0% 43.9%
Western Europe 34.7% 30.8% 33.4%
Southern Europe 29.5% 36.5% 30.9%
Central and Eastern Europe 24.1% 17.8% 23.3%
Sub-Saharan Africa 24.4% 23.9% 24.3%
East Africa 31.5% 27.4% 31.0%
Southern Africa 30.4% 31.0% 30.4%
Central Africa 19.4% 23.3% 20.4%
West Africa 14.5% 11.8% 14.2%
Asia 20.5% 16.7% 20.0%
Central Asia 25.4% 16.2% 23.1%
East Asia 21.6% 22.9% 21.7%
South East Asia 20.4% 13.2% 19.2%
South Asia 17.3% 18.1% 17.5%
Middle East and North Africa 17.5% 10.8% 16.6%
North Africa 22.3% 9.1% 20.3%
Middle East 14.5% 12.3% 14.2%
Pacific 16.6% 43.8% 19.4%
Australia and New Zealand 35.1% 48.7% 38.0%
Pacific Islands 6.2% 15.4% 6.4%

Notes :

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.