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 for time period

Averages as of 1st January 2021

Global averages
  Lower chamber and unicameral Upper chamber All chambers
Total MPs 38,663 7,438 46,101
Gender breakdown known for 38,663 7,438 46,101
Men 28,763 5,594 34,357
Women 9,900 1,844 11,744
Percentage of women 25.6% 24.8% 25.5%
Regional averages
Region Lower chamber and unicameral Upper chamber All chambers
Americas 32.2% 33.0% 32.4%
Europe 30.5% 30.2% 30.4%
Sub-Saharan Africa 25.0% 23.9% 24.9%
Asia 20.8% 17.6% 20.4%
Middle East and North Africa 19.3% 11.2% 17.8%
Pacific 18.0% 44.9% 20.9%