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 May 2020

Global averages
  Lower chamber and unicameral Upper chamber All chambers
Total MPs 38,648 7,178 45,826
Gender breakdown known for 38,579 7,178 45,757
Men 28,883 5,402 34,285
Women 9,696 1,776 11,472
Percentage of women 25.1% 24.7% 25.0%
Regional averages
Region Lower chamber and unicameral Upper chamber All chambers
Americas 31.7% 32.3% 31.8%
Europe 30.1% 29.1% 29.9%
Sub-Saharan Africa 24.7% 24.0% 24.6%
Asia 20.7% 17.2% 20.3%
Middle East and North Africa 17.5% 10.8% 16.6%
Pacific 16.7% 43.8% 19.6%


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.