Where in the world do women participate the most in national parliament?
Globally, approximately 22 percent of elected parliamentary seats go to women but in Rwanda, that figure is an impressive 64 percent. In the wake of the Rwandan genocide, 70 percent of the country’s surviving population was female, and this along with a quota requiring 30 percent of political candidates to be female, helped bring about massive change.
How does Rwanda compare to other countries across the world? Andorra, perched high in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, comes second with a 50-50 gender split in its parliament. Cuba rounds off the top three with just under 49 percent. What about the United States? It’s all the way down in 72nd position – only 20 percent of government seats in the United States are held by women.
This chart shows the percentage of women in national parliaments in August 2014.
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