Women in Legislative Chambers
Asia-Pacific Region

Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) www.ipu.org, unless otherwise stated.

Sub-region/Country

Legislative Chamber

Date of Latest Election

Extent of Women's Representation

% of Women

Pacific Sub-Region

Australia

House of Representatives

Senate

October 1998

October 1998

33 out of 147 seats

23 out of 76 seats

22.4

30.3

Cook Islands

June 16, 1999

No data available

NA

Fiji Islands

House of Representatives

Senate

May 1999

February 1994

8 out of 71 seats

3 out of 32 seats

11.3

9.4

Kiribati

Maneaba Ni Maungatabu

September 1998

2 out of 42 seats

4.8

Marshall Islands

Nitijela

November 1999

1 out of 33 seats

3.0

Federated States of Micronesia

Congress

March 1999

 0 out of 14 seats

0

Nauru

Parliament

April 2000

? out of  18 seats

NA

New Zealand

House of Representatives

November 1999

35 out of 120 seats

29.2

Palau

House of Delegates

Senate

November 1996

November 1996

0 out of 16 seats

1 out of 14 seats

0

7.1

Papua New Guinea

National Parliament

June 1997

2 out of 109 seats

1.8

Samoa

Fono - Legislative Assembly

April 1996

4 out of 49 seats

8.2

Solomon Islands

National Parliament

August 1997

1 out of 49 seats

2.0

Tonga

Fale Alea

March 1999

0 out of 30 seats

0

Tuvalu

Palamene o Tuvalu

March 1998

0 out of 12 seats

0

Vanuatu

Parliament

March 1998

0 out of 52 seats

0

East Asia Sub-Region

People's Republic of China

Quanguo Renmin Daibiao Dahui

January 1998

650 out of 2979 seats

21.8

Taiwan

Legislative Yuan

National Assembly

December 1998

43 out of 225 seats [2]

61 out of 334 seats [2]

19.1

18.3

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Choe Go In Min Hoe Ui

July 1998

138 out of 687 seats

20.1

Republic of Korea

Kuk Hoe

13 April 2000

16 out of 273 seats [1]

5.9

Japan

Shugiin

Sangiin

Jun 2000

July 1998

35 out of 480 seats

43 out of 252 seats

7.3

17.1

Central Asia Sub-Region

Armenia

Azgayin Joghov

May 1999

4 out of 131 seats

3.1

Azerbaijan

Milli Mejlis

November 1995

15 out of 125 seats

12.0

Kazakhstan

Mazhilis

Senate

October 1999

September 1999

8 out of 77 seats

5 out of 39 seats

10.4

12.8

Kyrgyzstan

El Okuldor Palatasy

Myizam Chygaru Palatasy

February 2000

February 2000

1 out of 43 seats

5 out of 57 seats

2.3

8.8

Mongolia

Ulsyn Ikh Khural

July 2000

? out of 76 seats

NA

Tajikistan

Majlisi Milliy

Majlisi Mamoyandogan

March 2000

February 2000

4 out of 33 seats

9 out of 60 seats

12.1

15.0

Turkmenistan

Mejlis

December 1999

13 out of 50 seats

26.0

Uzbekistan

Oliy Majlis

December 1999

18 out of 250 seats

7.2

South Asia Sub-Region

Bangladesh

Jatiya Sangsad

June 1996

30 out of 330 seats

9.1

Bhutan

Tshogdu

1997 (?)

3 out of 150 seats

2.0

India

Lok Sabha - House of the People

Rajya Sabha - Council of States

September 1999

March 2000

49 out of 545 seats

? out of 245 seats

8.9

NA

Iran

Majles Shoraye Eslami

February 2000

10 out of 290 seats

3.4

Maldives

Majlis

November 1999

3 out of 50 seats

6.0

Nepal

Pratinidhi Sabha

Rastriya Sabha

May 1999

June 1999

12 out of 205 seats

9 out of 60 seats

5.9

15.0

Pakistan

Sri Lanka

Parliament

August 1994

11 out of 225 seats

4.9

South -East Asia
Sub-Region

Cambodia

Radhsphea Ney Preah Recheanachakr Kampuchea

Senate

July 1998


March 1999

10 out of 122 seats


8 out of 61 seats

8.2


13.1

Indonesia

Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat

June 1999

40 out of 500 seats

8.0

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Sapha Heng Xat

December 1997

21 out of 99 seats

21.2

Malaysia

Dewan Rakyat - House of Representatives

Dewan Negara - Senate

November 1999

March 1998

20 out of 193 seats

18 out of 69 seats

10.4

26.1

Philippines

Kapulungan Ng Mga Kinatawan

Senado

May 1998

May 1998

27 out of 212 seats [3]

4 out of 23 seats

12.7

17.4

Singapore

Parliament

January 1997

4 out of 93 seats

4.3

Thailand

Saphaphuthan Ratsadon

Wuthisapha

November 1996

March 2000

22 out of 393 seats [4]

21 out of 200 seats

5.6

10.5

Vietnam

Quoc-Hoi

July 1997

117 out of 450 seats

26.0

 
[1] Data from sub-regional focal point, September 2000
[2] Data from the Chinese Women in Politics Institute, March 1999
[3] Data from the Office of the Hon. Patricia Sarenas, Member, House of Representatives - Philippines
[4] Data from the Women in Politics Institute, Thailand - at 3 August, 2000 the members number 256. Since the November, 1996 elections 129 have resigned and 8 died. Of the remaining 256, 16 or 6.2% are women.

 


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