The line chart compares five individual countries in European Community in terms of the proportions of women elected to Parliament over the 12-year period.
Overall, the percentage of female parliamentarians in the regions experienced a clear upward trend with the exception of that in Belgium. Additionally, Germany held the highest women rate in Parliament in 2000 although Italy rapidly overtook Germany 12 years later.
With regards to Germany, the proportion of female members of Parliament increased steadily from approximately 33% in 2000 to nearly 37% in 2012. Meanwhile, the figure for Italy started from a lower point of above 25% in the initial year. It grew consistently and reached about 35% in 2010, which was equivalent to Germany’s. Since then, it exceeded Germany’s rate and peaked at around 40%, becoming the highest point of the whole line graph. Likewise, there was a moderate rise by 7% in the France’s rate in 2012 in comparison with the figure in 2000.
By contrast, the proportion of women in the Belgium and the UK Parliament was a half and merely a tenth respectively, compared to that in the Germany’s in 2000. The former climbed exponentially, stood at 24% by the year 2008 before dropping by 2% in 2012. The later soared during the first 8 years. Then, it grew gradually throughout the remainder of the period, which increased by almost 5% in the final year.