Political Participation Resources

As of June 2010, twenty-nine countries have reached or exceeded the 30 percent mark in women’s representation in parliament (UN Women)
 Women are almost twice as likely to be ministers for social sectors and welfare, than for the economy, trade and finance. 
— UN Women

Women's Representation in Politics Data


 29 countries have reached the 30 percent mark in women's representation in parliament; at least 24 of those 29 have used quotas. 
— UN Women

International Legal Agreements

 “Despite their critical role in community development and mobilizing for gender equality, women’s organizations receive only a fraction of official development aid. According to OECD figures, in 2008, women’s organizations received just 0.3 percent of such aid. 
— UN Women

Additional Resources

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