Women are notoriously under-represented in government, occupying just 21.9 percent of all elected parliamentary seats worldwide. In the U.S., that number is even lower, at just 18 percent. The following countries in sub-Saharan Africa have managed to buck the trend.
They are including women in politics and creating significant roles for female politicians through advocacy, quota systems, and citizens’ desire for real change. Here are the 12 sub-Saharan African countries with the most women in parliament.