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Rwanda Parliament now 64% female

4 Oct, 2013

The recent elections in Rwanda have resulted in a Parliament which, at 64% women, has extended its lead at the top of the world league table of gender representation in elected chambers.

Women now hold 51 out of the 80 available seats. Rwanda already led the world with the highest number of women in Parliament and has now broken its own world record. Previously women's representation in the country's Parliament stood at 56%. 40% of the country's upper chamber - the Senate - is now female.

Rwanda's constitution requires that the Parliament be at least 30% male and at least 30% female.

Both the President and the Prime Minister of Rwanda are men, but the Cabinet is 36% female; women ministers include the Foreign Minister (Louise Mushikiwabo) and the Agriculture Minister (Dr. Agnes Kalibata).