World-wide statistics reveal an important gender gap in politics even though women represent 50 per cent or more of the population in the world.
The following table illustrates averages of women’s participation in politics in 1997 and 2005.
|Parliamentary Houses ||Jan 1, 1997 ||Apr 3, 2005 |
|Single House or Lower House ||12.0 % ||16.1 % |
|Upper House or Senate ||10.1 % ||15.0 % |
|Both Houses Combined ||11.7 % ||15.9 % |
Reference: Inter-Parliamentary Union website, July 2005
The statistics are compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) based on information provided by 187 national parliaments. In its analysis, the IPU ranks countries by their individual participation, starting with the highest. It also offers regional averages for quick comparisons. Statistical data is archived back to 1997. To search for further details by country, see the More on this Issue section for the site URL.