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.
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Ethiopia: Partnering with Angelique Kidjo to help Ethiopian girls stay in school
Starting today, there will be more educational opportunities for young women in some of southern Ethiopia's poorest villages.
Ethiopia: Helping Ethiopia’s daughters stay in school
“These days, I can barely sleep because I am so excited with ideas on what to do next," says 38-year-old Felekech Endiris says with a smile. "I’m doing a bigger business. My family has enough to eat and I can afford medicines for my children now.”
India: "I want to learn more!"
Anjana Tanti thinks she's about 35. Age is not something people pay much attention to on the tea estates, where she grew up and now raises her own family.
Uganda: Joining their efforts and growing together
Colombia: What does empowerment look like?
What does empowerment look like? It’s difficult to accurately depict such an intangible subject. In a small building located in the heart of Pasto, Colombia, I found a tangible example. In fact, there was a whole group of them. They wore maroon sweatshirts and name badges...
Iraq: Iraq's women: worth the risk
Iraq's contentious election has tied its political system in knots. But this isn't stopping Mercy Corps from pursuing one of its main objectives there: making women's voices heard.
Kenya: Coaching Kenya's young women
Beatrice Chelimo noticed the slender woman on the sidelines, matching the movements of her footballers. She looked like she had all the right moves. Like any good coach, Beatrice asked her if she wanted to play.
Tajikistan: Sewing for success
Last week I visited Mercy Corps’ first youth employment project to get started under the Tajikistan Stability Enhancement Program, the program I’m assisting with this summer. In the sweltering heat, we entered a small room with five girls working away on sewing machines.
Central African Republic: Taking a step forward to protect women's rights
Our women’s legal support project is beginning after the baseline study that we completed on women’s rights violations showed the extent of violence that women across the country face.
Colombia: Video: Empowering displaced women in Putumayo
Part of our assistance to newly displaced families in Colombia's Putumayo department includes skills training so they can earn a living. Here, women learn how to make handbags that can fetch a good price locally.