Female members of parliament

In 2016, 41% of elected representatives in the Chamber of Representatives, the Senate and the regional and community parliaments in Belgium were women. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this proportion must be increased to 50%. This objective will be reached by continuing the trend since 2003. The share of female members of parliament is therefore developing favourably.

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TREND ASSESSMENT: Female members of parliament - Belgium

percentage of members in national and regional parliaments

 20032005201020152016202020252030
observations29.632.839.540.741.0------
trend and extrapolation30.632.437.441.642.444.946.948.2
objective 203050.050.050.050.050.050.050.050.0

European Institute for Gender Equality (2017), Gender Statistics Database, Women and men in decision making, http://eige.europa.eu/ (consulted on 20/11/2017) & calculations FPB.

Female members of parliament

percentage of members in national and regional parliaments

 2003200520102011201220132014201520162016//20032016//2011
Belgium29.632.839.539.739.240.341.340.741.02.50.6
EU-2823.527.128.429.229.630.230.631.331.52.31.6
//: average growth rates

European Institute for Gender Equality (2017), Gender Statistics Database, Women and men in decision making, http://eige.europa.eu/ (consulted on 20/11/2017).

This text is based on the Statistical Annex of the Voluntary National Review of Belgium (VNR) presented to the July 2017 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

VNR Indicator: Female members of parliament, percentage of members in national and regional parliaments

Definition: proportion of women in the national parliament (single/lower house) and the regional assemblies.

Objective: the percentage of female members in the parliament should increase to 50% in 2030.

UN Target 5.5: Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life

UNSTAT Indicator 5.5.1: Proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments and local governments