Where are all the women in parliament?


Over the past 100 years, women have strived for progress and change to equality. As they still continue to close the gender gap in sectors such as education and health, women continue to struggle for equality in parliament.

With a record number of female MPs winning seats back in the 2017 general election, while this is progress, there is still a long way to go.

Ecard Shack have created the following graphic which reveals which members of the G20 have the most amount of women in their parliaments. The graphic reveals some interesting insights to think about.

Women still remain largely underrepresented in government, although there is now more of an equal female representation compared to a decade ago. Mexico has a total of 500 seats, with women taking up 42.6 percent of them. Despite being the highest percentage out of the G20 countries, no women has ever been elected to the Presidency of Mexico, so on average inequality is continuing to show.

China holds 2,924 seats in parliament and only 24.2 percent of those are women. Questions have been asked regarding China’s Communist Party and their lack of women who appeared at the Party’s 19th Congress. Are women less represented in Chinese politics, the higher up the ladder?

The G20 countries show there is a clear need for change and that women still have a long way to go and with the 100 year anniversary since women got to vote  is today (6th February), it’s a great time to look at the face of the electorate. Why are we still decades behind when women have been fighting all their lives for this?

When analysing the patterns of the countries, it is clear that Europe takes the lead with women in parliament. France, the UK, Italy and Germany all make it into the top 10. Whereas the African continent only makes it into the top ten once, with South Africa coming in at second place, holding 395 seats in parliament, with 42.3 percent of them being female.

Japan holds the fewest seats for women, with just 9 percent out of 475 seats. With it being clear they don’t focus on change and progression, but recently there has been a shake-up and traditional political trends may be changing. Yuriko Koike is used to breaking the glass ceiling and set on shifting the political landscape in Japan.

Outside of the G20 countries, Rwanda and Bolivia both have over 50 percent of women who hold seats within their parliament. This shows us that women and men can eventually have equality and work alongside one another to create a better place. With the gender gap at work not set to close for another 81 years, the yet slow development of women in parliament gives us hope for the future.

With our world seeing a variety of empowering women coming to the forefront, there is no doubt women will soon be seeing more equality in all industries. It is key the rest of the world follows in the footsteps of countries like Rwanda and Bolivia and aim for equality and overall a better economy. We are no longer in a century where women have to prove their worth, they are capable and have proven so. Look at strong females within the media’s eye; Theresa May; Michelle Obama; Angela Merkel. Theresa May ranks in second place in Forbes’ Power Women list. She’s leading the way through Brexit negotiations and making history.

There is still work to be done for parliaments around the world to update their political systems and to eventually be run equally by both men and women. But for now, there is progress being made.

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Where are all the women in parliament?

About Aliyah Loughlan'

Aliyah Loughlan is a Digital PR Executive at Aira

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