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CHART: Top 12 countries with the most women in the lower house of Parliament

Jessica Yun

When it comes to women representation in our House of Representatives, Australia doesn’t make the top 10 in a list of nearly 200.

We’re not even in the top 50.

In fact, we just miss out at 51st place, with women making up just 28.7 per cent of our lower house of parliament (as at the 2nd of July 2016), which still puts us ahead of the global average of 24.1 per cent.

The country for the best women representation in its house of representatives is Rwanda, with nearly two thirds of its seats currently held by women.

Cuba and Bolivia hold second and third place, with Latin America, Caribbean and more African nations claiming spots on the rest of the list.

The chart uses a list compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and is created by Statista, which aimed to shed light on US President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address earlier in the month where he boasted about “hav[ing] more women serving in Congress than at any time before” a century after the constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote was passed.

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