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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Liberia: Dish racks lead to healthier children March 17, 2010
Of the 12 children that 50-year-old Annie Dolo gave birth to, seven are living. The other five died of malaria and measles.
Afghanistan: Celebrating International Women's Day in Afghanistan March 11, 2010
Mercy Corps Afghanistan celebrated International Women's Day in Kabul with bunches of flowers and gifts for female staff. Many of Mercy Corps' female staff here are working in high positions: country director, program manager, deputy program manager, head of departments and coordinators.
Iraq: Happy International Women's Day March 8, 2010
I’m blogging again today to wish you all a Happy International Women’s Day.
Iraq: Iraqi women learn about democracy as elections approach March 5, 2010
Living and working in Baghdad these days seems to be about waiting.
Haiti: The Next Steps to Haiti's Recovery March 1, 2010
In the devastated but proud neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, thousands of people have organized into local committees to help manage, guide and pitch in for what needs to be done in their communities. They are Mercy Corps' partners in the critical work of recovery and rebuilding.
Indonesia: A woman's touch December 23, 2009
In the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami five years ago, the once-bustling village of Klieng Meuriah — like hundreds of villages in Indonesia’s Aceh province — was gone. Its buildings were shattered, its homes reduced to rubble and belongings washed away.
Indonesia: I am here, Boss December 23, 2009
Her name is Marhamah, but people call her May. She is not yet 32 years old and already has three children. Her youngest child is seven-month-old girl who is breastfeeding.
Indonesia: The hands that rock the cradle December 22, 2009
I often wonder how a single city could be so extremely diverse, both economically and socially, as my hometown, Jakarta.
For the activist on your list December 10, 2009
This time of year there are always lots of gift guides published — what to get for Mom, Dad, the hostess and the fashionista. Jewelry? A snuggie? Suggestions abound. But what about the activist?
Indonesia: Fine, friendly Faroe December 7, 2009
I was there — at a breastfeeding workshop last Wednesday — sitting in the back row, observing the six people on stage as they presented each and every step they had taken to be champions.