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.
All stories about Women & Gender
Pakistan: Sewing's Rising Star March 31, 2009
Growing up, the chattering gears of my mother's sewing machine provided the soundtrack to weekends in our home. Her dexterity with a foot pedal translated to nifty Halloween costumes for my brother and me, never going to school with rips in our pants and the occasional new blouse for her.
Pakistan: Babies, Full and Contented March 30, 2009
You would expect a small room of 20 young children between the ages of six months and three years to be quite a noisy affair. But in this narrow space in Pakistan's Hazara Town, it is surprisingly quiet.
Iraq: Kirkuk Women Are Building Peace March 13, 2009
Mercy Corps is training women in Kirkuk, Iraq to become leaders and work cooperatively against violence and hatred.
Afghanistan: Trial By Fire March 6, 2009
Stepping into Nasrin's small bakery in the outskirts of Kabul, you can't help but notice the black. It covers all four walls from floor to ceiling and is caked into the platter-sized hole in the floor that is the oven.
Nepal: Nourishing Opportunity February 24, 2009
Afghanistan: Afghan women learning skills toward independence January 5, 2009
Afghanistan is one of the world’s least developed countries. Most women in Afghanistan are wholly dependent upon their husbands and sons, and many are illiterate. Women are an especially vulnerable part of the Afghan population.
Tajikistan: Improving Health, Empowering Women October 20, 2008
In the Rasht Valley, thousands of families live in small communities located miles from a main road.
Sudan: Teaching English as an opportunity October 15, 2008
Blue Nile State is one of three contested areas between the north and the south of Sudan. Its diversity makes education – what is being taught to children and how it is being taught – a crucial issue.
Jordan: Empowering Women in Their Communities September 16, 2008
Ajloun is a district in northern Jordan. A large part of the population of the area is educated. Even so, there are very few job opportunities in Ajloun, especially for women.
Indonesia: Promoting 'Early and Exclusive' Breastfeeding April 18, 2008
Tugu Utara, Jakarta — Little Efa lives in one of the poorest and dirtiest sections of Indonesia's crowded capital, but she's as happy and healthy as any 5-month-old girl you'd meet. That may be partly because she is breastfed.