Open data for International Women’s Day: Making data work to bridge the gap in women’s political representation

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Did you know Rwanda, a country that is emerging from one the worst genocides in human history, has around 64% women MPs in their national Parliament? In fact, Rwanda and Bolivia are the only countries in the world where women outnumber men in the Parliament. That is an encouraging thought to start International Women’s Day with. I did not just stumble upon this data. It was part of an enterprise I undertook recently along with a friend, most of it involved long and painful scraping of data from pdfs on women’s representation in parliaments.

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