Percentage of women in parliaments across the MENA region - between 2000 - 2020


Over the past 20 years, the MENA region has seen a steady upward trend of women’s participation in national-level parliamentary positions. Countries with participatory electoral systems such as Tunisia (25.76%), Morocco (20.51%), Turkey (17.45%) and Jordan (15.38%) have experienced considerable increases in percentage of women parliamentarians. Iran presents a strong outlier to this trend, as its percentage of women in parliament has increased to only 5.88% over the past 20 years.

It is important to note the wide range of variances between the nature, capacity and representativeness of the parliaments across the MENA region. For example, the Tunisian parliament is elected via direct suffrage and has the power to create laws, whereas members of the legislature in Saudi Arabia are appointed by the King, and members of parliament in the UAE, while partially elected, have limited, consultative powers.

Source: IPU Archive