“When one woman is a leader, it changes her. When more women are leaders, it changes politics and policies,” says Michelle Bachelet, the president of Republic of Chile. It’s true.
Over the last few decades, the world has seen an increase in number of women leaders. It’s key to our progress.
But women remain significantly underrepresented in political offices globally, according to ajoint study by the World Bank and the Women in Parliament.
- Rwanda (63.8%)
- Andorra (50%)
- Cuba (48.9%)
- Sweden (45%)
- South Africa (44.8%)
- The Republic of Yemen (0.3%)
- Oman (1.2%)
- Solomon Islands (2%)
- Papua New Guinea (2.7%)
- Comoros (3%)
Countries such as Federated States of Micronesia and Palau that don’t have women in parliaments are not included in this list.
And here is a map of all the countries with women in parliaments in 2014. What surprises you the most? Share your comments below or tweet at us using #get2equal.
Data source: World Development Indicators
This article originally appeared on The World Bank’s Governance for Development Blog. Publication does not imply endorsement of views by the World Economic Forum.
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Author: Ravi Kumar is a Digital Strategist with the Governance Global Practice at the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C.
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