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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DR Congo: Secretary Clinton visits the most dangerous place to be a woman August 11, 2009
While her husband's trip to North Korea to release two American women journalists has recently dominated headlines, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes on a mission that has the potential to save countless women's lives. As part of her seven nation tour of Africa, Mrs.
Indonesia: More happiness and laughter August 10, 2009
Indonesia: Today is sweet August 8, 2009
When we were flying in over the blue sea waves lapping the shores of Banda Aceh earlier today, I thought, “This is where it happened.” I imagined the water pulling back from the shore with a horrific sucking sound before the sea hurled itself miles ashore.
Afghanistan: Well worth the effort July 28, 2009
For most of us, putting a meal on the table involves a trip to the store to purchase food and some time in the kitchen to prepare it.
Niger: Multiplying their bounty July 28, 2009
Four years ago, a widespread food crisis in the West African nation of Niger threatened the lives of nearly 3.5 million people in more than 3,800 villages.
Tajikistan: From tomatoes to empowerment June 23, 2009
While we’re spending this month focused entirely on the transport and distribution of wheat flour, lentils and oil to nearly 5,000 women, it’s actually a small component of USAID and Mercy Corps’ Single Year Assistance Program (SYAP) here.
Myanmar: Regrowing the Garden June 18, 2009
Life here in Bo Kone, Myanmar, a village of about a thousand people, has never been easy. Located on an isolated island in the Irrawaddy Delta, it's about an hour's boat ride to the nearest town.
DR Congo: A stove to save lives June 18, 2009
For 59-year-old Dafroza Baleberaho, building improved cookstoves isn’t just about preventing climate change, it’s about saving women’s lives.
Sri Lanka: Farming Rice, Intensively June 18, 2009
Rice is central to Sri Lanka's economy and culture. So it's not hard to imagine how a new technique for improving rice production would be eagerly welcomed by farmers like Kanthi Weerasinghe.
It's time for the U.S. to ratify core UN conventions June 17, 2009
In May, amidst headlines of new military activity in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, two other stories signaled an opening for a different kind of U.S. engagement in the world that has great significance for groups like Mercy Corps.