Sustainable Development Goals - 17 Goals to Transform our World

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Indicator 5.5.1: Proportion of seats held by women in (a) national parliaments and (b) local governments

Percent of Women in the US Congress


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Date of national source publication
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Periodicity Annual
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Date metadata updated February 2018
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Unit of measurement Percent
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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name Proportion of seats held by women in (a) national parliaments and (b) local governments
Target name Ensure women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
Global indicator description The indicator would measure the proportion of seats held by women across local government, compared with men holding those seats, in each reporting country.
UN designated tier 1 (a) 2 (b)
UN custodial agency IPU, UN Women (Partnering Agencies: World Bank)
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Agency Staff Name Kali Kong
Agency Survey Dataset
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