Women in Politics: Statistics from Inter-Parliamentary Union – UPSC GS1

The statistics of the Inter-Parliamentary Union highlight the following aspects about the Women in Politics:
  • The percentage of female elected heads of state dropped from 7.2 per cent to 6.6 per cent from 2017 to 2018.
  • The percentage of female heads of government dropped from 5.7 per cent to 5.2 per cent from 2017 to 2018.
  • The global share of women in parliament increased by nearly one percentage point from 2017 to 2018, to 24.3 per cent.
  • It took 25 years to get to 24.3 per cent from 11 per cent in 1995.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union notes that despite some positive movement, the overwhelming majority of government leaders remain male and there has been a “serious regression” in the political power of women across the world in recent years.
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Inter-Parliamentary Union established in 1889 is a global inter-parliamentary institution. Initially, the organization was for individual parliamentarians but has since transformed into an international organization of the parliaments of sovereign states.

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