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
Nepal: A smart matriarch turns pickles into profit
In hot western Nepal, Harikala Yogi and her family have mastered the art of pickling mangoes. See how Harikala broke boundaries and took the family business to new heights.
Who are the world's toughest women?
We work with brave and resilient women all around the world. In honor of International Women's Day, we are celebrating just a few of the toughest women we know. Meet them and share their inspiring stories.
Nepal: One determined step changed Devi's life
We helped Devi get a loan to start her business three years ago. Today she's showing us how she turned one opportunity into life-changing success.
Niger: What's a mother to do?
“There is no greater benefit than learning how to take care of our babies’ nutrition and health.” See how Nana Balki is bringing change to the mothers in her village.
Niger: Badariya's story
Badariya wants nothing more than to go to school, but must stay home to tend to chores. What does her future hold? Hear how Mercy Corps is helping her find her voice.
Niger: Life of a girl: Spend the day with Badariya
What's it like to be a 13-year-old girl in West Africa? Badariya doesn't get to spend her day in a classroom, but she's still determined to change her future. Follow a day in her life and see how.
Q+A: How we help girls fulfill their potential
Girls in developing countries face risks at every turn. Learn how we help them stay on a path towards a bright and productive future.
Central African Republic: Q+A: Working with communities to stop gender-based violence
Women in conflict-affected countries are especially vulnerable to violence. Learn how we're leading the fight to stop gender-based violence in CAR.
Mali, Niger, Nigeria: Why women are key to building resilience
Increasingly frequent droughts are the new reality in the Sahel. Our new research shows how gender equality helps communities survive these and other disasters.
Nepal: Meet Sarmila: Overcoming challenges to stay in school
Sarmila is from the poorest caste in Nepal, but she's on track to graduate 10th grade. Learn how we help Sarmila and other marginalized girls stay in school.