Women in politics: 2021

The “Women in politics: 2021” map, created by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women, presents global rankings for women in executive, government, and parliamentary positions as of 1 January 2021. The data shows all-time highs for the number of countries with women Heads of State or Heads of Government, as well as for the global share of women ministers.

Despite increases in the number of women at the highest levels of political power, widespread gender inequalities persist: progression in women holding ministerial portfolios has slowed, with just a small increase to from 21.3 per cent in 2020 to 21.9 per cent in 2021; the number of countries with no women in government has increased; and only 25.5 per cent of national parliamentarians are women, compared to 24.9 per cent the year before.

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Bibliographic information

Subject area(s): Gender statistics; Leadership and political participation; Parliamentary development; Political empowerment

Resource type: Posters/flyers

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2021

Number of pages: 1

Publishing entities: Inter-Parliamentary Union; United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)