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.

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.

The regions in the table below are listed by percentage of seats held by women in lower and single chambers.

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

Averages as of 1st December 2019

Global averages
Lower chamber and unicameral Upper chamber All chambers
Total MPs 39,007 7,208 46,215
Gender breakdown known for 39,007 7,208 46,215
Men 29,397 5,447 34,844
Women 9,610 1,761 11,371
Percentage of women 24.6% 24.4% 24.6%
Regional averages
Region Lower chamber and unicameral Upper chamber All chambers
Americas 30.8% 31.3% 30.9%
Caribbean 36.1% 27.4% 34.9%
North America 34.7% 41.1% 36.0%
Central America 27.1% 15.4% 26.8%
South America 26.2% 25.7% 26.1%
Europe 29.8% 28.9% 29.6%
Nordic countries 44.0% 44.0%
Western Europe 34.1% 30.2% 32.8%
Southern Europe 29.2% 36.5% 30.7%
Central and Eastern Europe 24.0% 18.1% 23.2%
Sub-Saharan Africa 24.2% 23.9% 24.1%
East Africa 30.9% 27.4% 30.5%
Southern Africa 30.4% 30.4% 30.4%
Central Africa 18.8% 23.3% 19.9%
West Africa 14.1% 12.3% 14.0%
Asia 20.1% 16.7% 19.7%
East Asia 21.6% 22.9% 21.7%
Central Asia 21.1% 16.2% 19.9%
South East Asia 19.9% 13.2% 18.7%
South Asia 17.4% 18.2% 17.5%
Middle East and North Africa 17.2% 10.8% 16.4%
North Africa 21.9% 9.1% 20.0%
Middle East 14.3% 12.3% 14.0%
Pacific 16.4% 43.8% 19.3%
Australia and New Zealand 35.1% 48.7% 38.0%
Pacific Islands 6.0% 15.4% 6.2%