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The gender gap in political representation

Although they comprise over 50 percent of the population, women continue to be under-represented at all levels of government throughout the world. Internationally, at the federal level they account for 23 percent of parliamentarians and only six percent of the heads of governments. An international indicator on the representation of women in local governments is still missing, but it is estimated that 20 percent of councillors and five percent of mayors worldwide are female, a proportion similar to the one seen at the federal level.

A closer look into the Canadian and Albertan contexts can be found on the links below.