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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Indonesia: Can you spare a square?
I didn’t expect my first blog post from the field to be about sanitation. I thought maybe microfinance or agriculture programs or mobile commerce. Something unique, innovative, life changing. But sanitation? Toilets? Hand washing? What could be less cutting edge?
India: Helping Assamese Women Go Back to School
Anami Bawri's greatest regret is leaving school at age nine because her parents wanted her to look after her younger siblings. Today, she is a daily-wage worker at Moran Tea Estate in Assam, India. And she is illiterate.
Uganda: Finding a voice in northern Uganda
Once christened as “The Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, Uganda was once seen as a success story in Africa.
Central African Republic: Standing up for their futures
I went to spend the afternoon with one of Mercy Corps’ partners for the Women’s Empowerment Program in a slum area on the outskirts of Bangui. The group is called Terrespoir, which translates to Land and Hope.
Central African Republic: Fighting for their homes
In the Central African Republic (CAR), women’s rights here are few, and the enforcement of the laws is almost non-existent. Most women are not even aware they have many rights. In a country where almost 70 percent of women cannot read, this is not surprising.
Central African Republic: 'I have never seen a place as poor as this'
I am writing from the Central African Republic (CAR). Not many people know much about this land-locked country slightly smaller than Texas. But the short and not-so-sweet brief on CAR is that it is the second poorest country on Earth after Sierra Leone.
Central African Republic: Video: Fatou Ali gets economic independence
Indonesia: Ask me, and I will follow you down
How do you recognize a midwife who's already trained to be a breastfeeding counselor? And who do you ask about breastfeeding if you go to puskesmas, local health facilities around Indonesia?
Indonesia: Ibu Durti...please don't run away!
Iraq: Before it was like I was blind
Since 2003, Mercy Corps has worked to improve the lives of millions of people in Iraq. Our largest program is in the south of the country, and focuses on community building and good governance.