Monday, May 25, 2015

Mapping the Non-Representation of Women

In the United States women have very little political representation. According to the United Nations only 19% of U.S. 'parliamentarians'  are women. This is a lower percentage than in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Rwanda has the highest number of women parliamentarians worldwide. In Rwanda 63.8 per cent of parliamentary seats are held by women. The Nordic countries also do comparatively well in the equality stakes, with 41.5 per cent female parliamentarians across the region.

The Daily Telegraph has mapped the United Nations report on female parliamentarians (as of January 2015). The Percentage of Female MPs Around the World map uses a choropleth layer to show the percentage of female parliamentarians in 186 countries around the globe. Globally the situation is very depressing with women only making up 22 per cent of all national parliamentarians.

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