Sub-Saharan African Countries With Fewest Women In Parliament

Written by Keren Mikva

Many African countries have made great strides in gender equity in government, the economy and society. Women are notoriously underrepresented in government, occupying on average just 21.9 percent of all elected parliamentary and government positions worldwide. In the U.S., for example, that number is even lower, at just 18 percent.

In the following sub-Saharan African countries, women are still underrepresented in the political arena.

The percentages listed below represent the proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, World Development Indicators, and World Bank for 2014.

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These are the 12 African countries with the fewest women in parliament.