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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2009

Women & Political Power
The proportion of seats held by women in parliament continues to rise slowly.
Averaging 18 percent across all chambers of parliament as of January 2009, women hold 30 percent or more of single or lower chamber seats in 24 countries and 30 percent or more of upper chamber seats in 15 countries.
Worldwide, women are entering a greater variety of political leadership positions. As of January 2009, women reached the highest parliamentary position—presiding officer—in 31 parliamentary chambers.
This figure has remained more or less constant for the past decade.

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