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Rwanda has a majority of female Parliamentarians in its lower house

Rwanda has registered a 250% increase (from 14 to 49 out of 80 MPs) over the last two decades in the number of female MPs as a proportion of total MPs. This is the largest improvement recorded by any Commonwealth country over the period. On average, 20% of MPs in the Commonwealth countries are women. Data for 2018 shows the proportion of women parliamentarians is higher than the Commonwealth average for 22 countries.

Women account for roughly half the world’s population yet they occupy less than a quarter of political seats. Women make up 62 percent of Rwanda’s national legislature, far more, proportionally, than any other country. Rwanda is an outlier, with more women in power, proportionally, than any other country (followed by Cuba and Bolivia). But political parity—whether through appointments or elections—remains an elusive goal in many countries.

The Gambia’s population percentage facing undernourishment is below the World and Commonwealth average as of 2016. The country does significantly better than its peers in the African region of the Commonwealth. Population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption (also referred to as prevalence of undernourishment) shows the percentage of the population whose food intake is insufficient to meet dietary energy requirements continuously.