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According to UN Women, gender equality in the highest positions of power will not be reached for another 130 years. That’s because currently, women serve as heads of state or government in only 22 countries, and 119 countries have never had a woman leader.

On a global scale, women currently make up 25.5% of the total number of women MPs. Women are most prevalent in politics in the Americas region, at 32.4%, followed closely by Europe, at 30.4%.

There are just three countries where women represent 50% or more seats in parliament.

  • In Rwanda, women represent 61% of seats
  • In Cuba 53.4% seats are represented by women
  • And in the United Arab Emirates, women represent 50% of seats

Reaching gender equality is one of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Not only is ending discrimination against women is not only a basic human right, it is crucial for a sustainable future, because empowering women and girls helps economic growth and development, according to the UNDP.

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