The Top 5 Countries with the Least Number of Women ministers 2008

  Country Percentage of Female Ministers
1 Turkey 4.2%
2 Afghanistan 3.7%
3 Pakistan 3.6%
4 Papua New Guinea 3.6%
5 Iran 3.2%
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  1. The world average of women ministers in 2008 is 14.5%.
  2. World regional averages in 2008 are as follows: The Americas: 22.9%, Europe: 22.4%, Africa: 18.3%, Asia/Pacific: 9.1%, Middle East: 7.1%
  3. The 13 countries that have no female ministers in parliament as of March 31st 2008 are as follows: Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burma, Libya, Monaco, Nauru, North Korea, Palau, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu.
  4. There have been approximately 46 women prime ministers in the 20th century.
  5. The record average level of women ministers was reached in 1988 with 14.8% of women MPs in parliaments around the world.

Sources:  Inter-Parliamentary Union, 2008. Women in National Parliaments.

List Notes: List is accurate as of March 31st, 2008. Does not include the 13 countries with no female ministers.
Countries with the Least Number of Women ministers 2008

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