Update #5 ·

Which region of the world has some of the lowest rates of women in government?

  • Latin America (9% people answered this)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (16% people answered this)
  • Arab states (59% people answered this)
  • the Pacific (14% people answered this)

92 people answered.


Correct answer is: the Pacific

Countries in the Pacific have some of the lowest rates of women in government in the world. Not a single woman serves in the parliaments of Micronesia, Palau, Nauru, Tonga, or the Solomon Islands. Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, and Samoa have just one or two women in national government. (Source: "Breaking Through, The Global Fund for Women Impact Report: Gender Equality in Asia & the Pacific")


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From Dilma Rousseff of Brazil to Angela Merkel of Germany, women are now heads of states in many countries across the globe. Their elections are indeed huge symbolic victories for the advancement of women. However, of the world's 195 countries, only ten presidents, eight prime ministers, and roughly 19 percent of elected parliamentarians are women.


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