The evidence is in. Programs are more effective, impactful and sustainable when all community members – especially women and girls - are included in the design, implementation and monitoring of humanitarian and development programs. When women and girls are not included, we miss opportunities to leverage our support to its highest potential and to help communities improve their quality of life more quickly. Most importantly, when we do not intentionally include women and girls, we miss opportunities to assist marginalized groups in claiming their basic human rights.
At Mercy Corps, we use a gender approach (and not a women’s approach) because we recognize that sustainable solutions to the challenges outlined above require that men and boys play key roles as partners, supporters and advocates of the integration of women’s and girls’ participation in their communities.
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All stories about Women’s Empowerment and Gender
Uganda: What motivates women to buy? January 23, 2015
Working with improved cookstove suppliers, distributors and retailers, we've devised scalable sales, marketing and financing strategies to ensure a product built for women reaches them.
Mali, Niger, Nigeria: Rethinking resilience September 8, 2014
Nowhere is answering the question of how to increase resilience more critical than across the Sahel, a region plagued by chronic poverty, food insecurity, drought, ecosystem degradation, and conflict. But among the many factors, one issue looms largest: gender inequality.
Myanmar: Socio-Economic Analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar May 27, 2014
In March - June 2013, a consortium involving Mercy Corps and four other INGO and NGO partners conducted a socio-economic analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar with funding from the European Union.
Timor-Leste: Women's Empowerment and Childhood Malnutrition in Timor-Leste March 11, 2014
Timor-Leste remains one of the poorest countries in Asia, by all development indicators. Particularly jarring are the indicators around stunting (58% prevalence) and malnutrition of children under five (some of the highest rates in the world).
Nigeria: Adolescent Girls in Northern Nigeria: Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Opportunities April 26, 2013
Adolescent Girls in Northern Nigeria: Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Opportunities Profile profiled 1,800 adolescent girls (ages 15 to 19) and private sector actors across the northern Nigeria to identify key barriers and opportunities for financial inclusion and entrepreneurship for gi
Mercy Corps Gender Policy October 17, 2012
Mercy Corps recognizes that our programs more effectively alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression when women, men, girls and boys are equitably engaged as active stakeholders in every aspect of the work we undertake together.
Video: Global Gender and Integration June 11, 2012
What exactly does the term "gender" refer to? And why does it matter that we, as international development professionals, pay attention to it? Sahar Alnouri, Mercy Corps' global gender advisor, offered her thoughts on these questions in a May 2012 TEDx Portland talk.
Mercy Corps Gender Procedures June 11, 2012
In 2011, Mercy Corps embraced gender awareness and integration as a strategic objective and as a critical element of impactful, smart programs. Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy outlines our commitment:
BRIDGE & Gender Mainstreaming Guide February 3, 2011
• Do you believe that gender mainstreaming is important but you are not sure how to put into practice a gender approach? • Do you recognize that BRIDGE projects can be more effective if they integrate a gender perspective?
Empowering Women Worldwide November 11, 2010
The strength of Mercy Corps’ global efforts lies in working with a diversity of people: men, women, children, government officials, community organizers, teachers, nurses, farmers, anyone with a stake in improving our world.