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
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.
Somalia: Helping build a new generation of female teachers
In Somalia, most adolescent girls aren't in school. A severe lack of female teachers is part of the problem, but Mercy Corps has created a 2-year teacher training program for young women who want to help.
Niger: Meet our field staff: Hadjia
In one of the poorest countries in the world, Mercy Corps works to help families grow more food and to empower young women and girls to become stronger voices in their communities. Learn how Hadjia Aissatou helps us make an impact.
Afghanistan: Women breaking down barriers in southern Afghanistan
Vocational training and a revolutionary new women's market are giving many women the opportunity to earn their own income for the first time.