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Rwanda has the Highest Percentage of Elected Female Lawmakers in the World

Last Updated: 6/27/2008 9:27:00 AM

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Women hold nearly half the seats in Rwanda's parliament, the highest percentage of women lawmakers in the world.....


The Rwandan Parliament in session
The Rwandan Parliament in session

According to data compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the basis of information provided by National Parliaments in April 2008, Rwanda has the highest percentage of elected female officials in the world.

188 countries were surveyed and ranked by the order of the percentage of women in the lower or single House. 6 African countries made it into the top twenty in the world. ClickAfrique has listed the Africans countries and their ranking in descending order below.



AFRICAN CLASSIFICATION

African RankWorld RankCountryLower or single HouseUpper House or Senate
ElectionsSeats*W% WElectionsSeats*W% W
11Rwanda10 2003803948,8%9 200326934,6%
212Mozambique12 20042508734,8%------------
315South Africa 14 200440013233,0%4 2004542240,7%
418Uganda2 200633210230,7%------------
519Burundi7 20051183630,5%7 2005491734,7%
620 Tanzania12 20053199730,4%------------
727Namibia11 2004782126,9%11 200426726,9%
8 34Lesotho2 20071203025,0%3 200731929,0%
937Seychelles5 200734823,5%------------
1041Tunisia10 20041894322,8%7 20051111715,3%
1144Mauritania11 2006952122,1%1 200756916,1%
1245Eritrea2 19941503322,0%------------
" 45Senegal6 20071503322,0%8 20071004040,0%
1446Ethiopia5 200552911621,9%10 20051122118,8%
1559Guinea6 20021142219,3%------------
1663Cape Verde1 2006721318,1%------------
" 63Sudan8 20054438018,1%8 20055036,0%
1864Equatorial Guinea4 20041001818,0%------------
1966Mauritius7 2005701217,1%------------
20 69Gabon12 20011202016,7%2 2003911415,4%
2174Burkina Faso5 20071111715,3%------------
2275Zambia9 20061582415,2%------------
2376Angola9 19922203315,0%------------
2480Guinea-Bissau3 20041001414,0%------------
2581Cameroon7 20071802513,9%------------
2682Djibouti2 200865913,8%------------
2784Zimbabwe3 20082072813,5%3 200893??
2886Sierra Leone8 20071211613,2%------------
2987Malawi5 20041932513,0%------------
3088Liberia10 200564812,5%10 200530516,7%
3189Niger12 20041131412,4%------------
3297Botswana10 200463711,1%------------
" 97Togo10 200781911,1%------------
3498Ghana12 20042302510,9%------------
3599Benin3 200383910,8%------------
" 99Swaziland10 200365710,8%10 2003301136,7%
37 100Central African Republic3 20051051110,5%------------
" 100Morocco9 20073253410,5%9 200627031,1%
39101Mali7 20071471510,2%------------
40103Gambia1 20025359,4%------------
41107Cote d'Ivoire12 2000203188,9%------------
42 110Democratic Republic of the Congo7 2006500428,4%1 200710854,6%
43 111Somalia8 2004256218,2%------------
44112Madagascar9 2007127107,9%3 2001901011,1%
45113Algeria5 2007389307,7%12 200613642,9%
46114Congo6 2007137107,3%10 200560813,3%
47115Kenya 212 2007207157,2%------------
48117Nigeria4 2007358257,0%4 200710998,3%
49122Chad4 200215585,2%------------
50127Comoros4 20043313,0%------------
51130Egypt11 200544281,8%6 2007264186,8%
51 130Sao Tome and Principe3 20065511,8%------------
* Figures correspond to the number of seats currently filled in Parliament

W Figures correspond to the number of seats currently filled in Parliament by women

1 - South Africa: The figures on the distribution of seats do not include the 36 special rotating delegates appointed on an ad hoc basis, and all percentages given are therefore calculated on the basis of the 54 permanent seats.

2 - Kenya: Situation for 1 January 2008 for directly elected members endorsed by the electoral commission. The additional twelve appointed seats and two ex-officio seats had yet to be filled.



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