women present in the main government body
The line chart gives information about the percentage of women who are the members of parliament in five countries namely Germany, Italy, France, UK and Belgium over a 12-year period.
Overall, there was an upward trend in the number of female members of parliament in all countries, with an exception for Belgium.
In 2000, Germany saw by far the highest number of female working in parliament, at around 34% while the second biggest proportipn was seen in Italy, at nearly 27%. In the following 12 years, female members working in parliament in Italy increased considerably, rising to nearly 40% whereas this figure for Germany was just at 37%. As a result, Italy had by far the highest number of female members of parliament in 2012.
In Belgium, by contrast, this figure fell gradually from 2008 to 2012, standing at 24% in 2012 and had the same percentage with the UK in the same year. The number of France women working in parliament increased slightly, rising from 25% to over 30% over a period of 12 years.