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Women in Parliament in 2013: The year in review
Women’s share exceeds 30 per cent in 39 lower houses (compared to 33 in 2012) and in 16 upper houses (down from 17 in 2012) – and today stands at over 40 per cent in 15 of those chambers. Newcomers to this “30 per cent club” include Austria, Cameroon, Grenada and Zimbabwe (both houses). Another record was broken with Rwanda’s Chamber of Deputies for the first time ever seating more than 60 per cent women (63.8%).