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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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.
Colombia: Video: 'We've relied on each other to survive'
The youngest, 40-year-old Nancy, was first to arrive in 2007. She was squeezed out by intensifying fighting between guerrillas and paramilitaries and a death threat she couldn't ignore.
Colombia: Video: Gender-based violence workshop, Colombia
Colombia: Video: ¡Vivo Jugando!
Young people in the southern Colombian city of Ipiales are learning respect for each other through Mercy Corps' sports for change program, "Vivo Jugando." It's part of our effort to prevent gender-based violence, a growing concern in a region severely affected by the country's armed conflict.
Colombia: Displaced but not disempowered
DR Congo: In Congo, saving trees and lives
Last November and December I was working with Mercy Corps in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I had the chance to make a photo essay on our work that the BBC is featuring on their website.
Central African Republic: Women in CAR: What are you thankful for?
Mercy Corps' Cassandra Nelson interviews beneficiaries in Central African Republic about what they are thankful for.
Central African Republic: Baking a better future in Africa
In the impoverished Central African Republic, we're finding ways to help women like Edwige feed her family by expanding their economic opportunities.
Haiti: Helping ensure that small Haitian businesses can start over
One of Mercy Corps’ first interventions in Haiti was engaging in a partnership with Fonkoze, a leading Haitian microfinance institution that works with women.
Liberia: Redefining success: My journey to Liberia
Glance down a deeply rutted Monrovia side street and you may see, at the end of the block, a glimpse of palm trees, sandy coastline and the rolling ocean. Blink, and you may briefly imagine you’re in Mexico or another beachy getaway.