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Parliamentary Women: Facts you did not know about Rwanda and Bolivia

Rwanda tops the global list for the highest percent (63.8%) of women members of parliament.

Two countries have a majority share of parliamentary women.

Rwanda’s parliamentarians. Like Bolivia, most of them are women

Bolivia is the only other country besides Rwanda with more than 50% of seats in parliament held by women.

Bolivia requires all parties to alternate male and female candidates from the top of their lists down.

1. Rwanda tops the global list for the highest percentage of women members of parliament (comparing lower houses or unicameral chambers) with a share of 63.8%.

2. After its September 2008 elections, Rwanda became the world’s first country in which women hold an outright majority of seats in parliament.

3. Since then, the big gain at the top of the world list came from Bolivia, now ranked second in the world.
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4. Bolivia more than doubled its female parliamentary representation in the most recent election, held in 2014.

Parliament House flies the indigenous flag alongside the flags of Bolivia.

5. Women now hold 53.1% of the seats in Bolivia’s lower house. Bolivia is the only other country besides Rwanda with more than 50% of seats in parliament held by women.

6. Bolivia requires all parties – under a proportional representation system to alternate male and female candidates from the top of their lists down.

7. No matter how much of a given list is elected into parliament based on vote share, each party’s delegation would have almost exactly a 50-50 gender balance.

8. The parliamentary average across the Americas is 27.3%.

9. Beyond Rwanda, other African countries with a high percentage of female members of parliament include the tiny Seychelles islands (43.8%) in fourth place, Senegal (42.7%) in sixth place and South Africa (42%) in eighth place globally.

10. The Sub-Saharan African average is women making up 23.3% of MPs.

Distance from Bolivia to Rwanda.

Distance from Bolivia to Rwanda is 10,327 kilometers. This air travel distance is equal to 6,417 miles.

The air travel (bird fly) shortest distance between Bolivia and Rwanda is 10,327 km= 6,417 miles.

Parliament (Kigali, Rwanda)

If you travel with an airplane (which has average speed of 560 miles) from Bolivia to Rwanda, It takes 11.46 hours to arrive.

Bolivia Population.

Current population: 10 869 484

Current male population: 5 423 196 (49.9%)

Current female population: 5 446 288 (50.1%)

Rwanda Population.

Current population: 11 850 793

Current male population: 5 819 702 (49.1%)

Current female population: 6 031 091 (50.9%)

Location:

Rwanda:

Rwanda is located in Central/Eastern Africa, and is bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, and Burundi to the south.

Bolivia:

The landlocked country of Bolivia is positioned in the southern and western hemispheres. It’s located in west-central South America, and bordered by Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Chile.

By Robert Muriisa.

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