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Women in Parliament in 2022

Photo of a woman wearing tribal headdress, large earrings and red paint across her eyes and chin
Inter-Parliamentary Union, March 2023

The Inter-Parliamentary Union, a global organisation of national parliaments, recently published its “Women in Parliament 2022” report. It found that women’s participation in parliament has never been as diverse and representative as it is in many countries today.

And for the first time in history, not a single functioning parliament in the world is male-only. Among the findings:

  • Australia saw gains in women’s representation with the strongest outcome of the year with a record 56.6% of seats won by women in the Senate.
  • The influence of gender issues on election outcomes helped drive strong results for women.
  • Six countries now have gender parity, more women than men in their lower or single chamber as of 1 January 2023. New Zealand joined the club, alongside Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Rwanda and the UAE.
Cover of the Women in parliament 2022 report featuring a woman in tribal headdress

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