Ensuring equity between women and men is the key to unleashing the full potential of communities to transform their lives. Mercy Corps addresses the unmet needs of women and girls in places where they have been marginalized and disempowered, while recognizing that it is vital to involve men and boys in the process of helping women and girls claim their equal place.
Throughout our programs, we consider the needs of both genders and build on the courage and resourcefulness of women to help them improve their families and communities.
All stories about Women & Gender
Uganda: Meet our field staff: Vicky October 11, 2013
We all hear the statistics: When girls are given the same access to education as boys, the impact on their communities is immense. Vicky Lodia is a living, breathing testament to the numbers.
Haiti: Women entrepreneurs creating new opportunities June 28, 2013
In Port-au-Prince, still recovering from the 2010 earthquake, financial stability is elusive. But tenacious women like Bilha believe in a better future.
Libya: Meet our field staff: Inas June 17, 2013
Once a refugee herself, Inas knows firsthand the challenges in post-revolution Libya. That's why she's determined to empower women to take an active role in shaping their nation’s future.
Jordan, Syria: Mothers coping with war: ‘I embrace them and tell them not to fear’ May 10, 2013
Over 75 percent of Syrian refugees are women and children. Find out how one mother is determined to help her children leave the trauma of war behind.
A mother’s love: Ten women fighting for their families around the world May 3, 2013
Mothers, guardians, leaders, catalysts for change. Meet a few of the women whose love and tenacity have left a mark on us in recent years.
Afghanistan: Meet our field staff: Meena March 18, 2013
More than 95 percent of our worldwide team members are from the countries where they work — and we're inviting them to give us a peek into their work and lives. This month, meet Meena Haidari, who is working to empower women in Afghanistan.
Ethiopia: Behind the camera: Eating from the same table March 14, 2013
Kuye's mother, Taiko, is feisty and determined. It's no surprise she's doing everything she can to keep her daughter in school.
Ethiopia: Behind the camera: What it feels like for a girl March 13, 2013
Photographer Joni Kabana's visit with Kuye reveals a girl ready to take on the world — and show what education can do.
Central African Republic: A Girl Can: Alphonsine's Story March 8, 2013
Mercy Corps helps girls like Alphonsine heal from violence in the Central African Republic, stay in school and make choices that keep them safe. See what a girl can do.
Ethiopia: A Girl Can: Kuye's Story March 8, 2013
Mercy Corps scholarships help girls like Kuye complete high school in Ethiopia — and spread the power of their education through family, community and country. See what a girl can do.