Women in politics

The women in politics indicator includes data on:

  • Women parliamentarians: the share of women in the national lower or single houses of parliament. Measured as a percentage of total parliamentarians.

  • Women ministers: the share of women ministers, including deputy prime ministers and ministers. Prime ministers/heads of government were also included when they held ministerial portfolios. Vice-presidents and heads of governmental or public agencies have not been included in the total. Measured as a percentage of total ministers.

  • Participation quotas: a nominal scale indicating whether there are legal quotas to promote women's political participation at national and sub-national levels. Quotas are measured as values ranging from 0 to 1, where:

    0: There are legal quotas to promote women’s political participation both at the national and sub-national levels.

    0.5: There are legal quotas to promote women’s political participation either at the national or at the sub-national level.

    1: There are no legal quotas to promote women’s political participation.

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Keywords: politics, women representation, quotas