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
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.
Afghanistan: Meet our field staff: Meena
More than 95 percent of our worldwide team members are from the countries where they work — and we're inviting them to give us a peek into their work and lives. This month, meet Meena Haidari, who is working to empower women in Afghanistan.
Central African Republic: A Girl Can: Alphonsine's Story
Mercy Corps helps girls like Alphonsine heal from violence in the Central African Republic, stay in school and make choices that keep them safe. See what a girl can do.
Ethiopia: A Girl Can: Kuye's Story
Mercy Corps scholarships help girls like Kuye complete high school in Ethiopia — and spread the power of their education through family, community and country. See what a girl can do.
Central African Republic: Restoring dignity: One LRA survivor's story
A teenage girl kidnapped by the LRA in the Central African Republic finds a new life thanks to Mercy Corps' counseling center and vocational training.
Haiti: Building back stronger
Through programs that empower young people, support entrepreneurs, and protect valuable natural resources, Haitians are finding new reasons to hope.
India: Brewing change for ten years
In Darjeeling, deep in the foothills of the Himalayas, and in Assam, nourished by a tropical river basin, the world's most favored teas are hand-planted, plucked and processed.