|5.5.1 Proportion of Seats Held by Women in National Parliaments, (% of total number of seats) (Percentage)|
The proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments, currently as at 1 February of reporting year, is currently measured as the number of seats held by women members in single or lower chambers of national parliaments, expressed as a percentage of all occupied seats. National parliaments can be bicameral or unicameral. This indicator covers the single chamber in unicameral parliaments and the lower chamber in bicameral parliaments. It does not cover the upper chamber of bicameral parliaments. Seats are usually won by members in general parliamentary elections. Seats may also be filled by nomination, appointment, indirect election, rotation of members and byelection. Seats refer to the number of parliamentary mandates, or the number of members of parliament.