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
Nepal: Meet Sarmila: Overcoming challenges to stay in school
Sarmila is from the poorest caste in Nepal, but she's on track to graduate 10th grade. Learn how we help Sarmila and other marginalized girls stay in school.
Somalia: Helping build a new generation of female teachers
In Somalia, most adolescent girls aren't in school. A severe lack of female teachers is part of the problem, but Mercy Corps has created a 2-year teacher training program for young women who want to help.
Niger: Meet our field staff: Hadjia
In one of the poorest countries in the world, Mercy Corps works to help families grow more food and to empower young women and girls to become stronger voices in their communities. Learn how Hadjia Aissatou helps us make an impact.
Afghanistan: Women breaking down barriers in southern Afghanistan
Vocational training and a revolutionary new women's market are giving many women the opportunity to earn their own income for the first time.
Indonesia: Emergency support helps mothers through flood
In unsanitary and crowded evacuation centers, Hati Kami mother care groups were more important than ever, helping women keep their babies healthy.
Uganda: Meet our field staff: Vicky
We all hear the statistics: When girls are given the same access to education as boys, the impact on their communities is immense. Vicky Lodia is a living, breathing testament to the numbers.
Haiti: Women entrepreneurs creating new opportunities
In Port-au-Prince, still recovering from the 2010 earthquake, financial stability is elusive. But tenacious women like Bilha believe in a better future.
Libya: Meet our field staff: Inas
Once a refugee herself, Inas knows firsthand the challenges in post-revolution Libya. That's why she's determined to empower women to take an active role in shaping their nation’s future.
Jordan, Syria: Mothers coping with war: ‘I embrace them and tell them not to fear’
Over 75 percent of Syrian refugees are women and children. Find out how one mother is determined to help her children leave the trauma of war behind.
A mother’s love: Ten women fighting for their families around the world
Mothers, guardians, leaders, catalysts for change. Meet a few of the women whose love and tenacity have left a mark on us in recent years.