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
Indonesia: Regaining Independence
Indonesia: Empowerment Through Gardening
The women of Mirik Lamreudup village are not only winning awards for their organic agriculture, but sharing their newfound success with other women in the area. Most of them are survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami. All of them have made great strides in the last three years.
Indonesia: Annisah: An Acehnese Woman's Spirit
“I will do anything to increase my family’s income as long as it’s legal,” said Annisah, a 30-year-old woman who is part of Mercy Corps' Aceh Recovery Program. But her words sound more like purpose than desperation. Since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, she's known plenty of the latter.
Somalia: The Ladies of Mercy Corps Somalia
I assumed Somali women would be quiet and shy — a little tough to engage in an interview.
China: An Ancient Culture Confronts New Challenges
Family life in China’s Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture is often isolated. “Liangshan” itself means “cool mountain” in Mandarin Chinese. Indeed, family farms of the Yi ethnic group are scattered among the rolling mountains, often several hours’ walking distance from the nearest town.
Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina — Refija Halilovic sits on a small stool bathed in late morning sunlight, her son Maumer resting quietly against her knee. It is a scene of almost bucolic tranquility, but one whose quiet belies the trauma that led these two to a tiny apartment here.
Uganda: Christine: Someone to Count On
Opeyelo, Uganda - If all had gone according to plan, Christine Adong would be sitting behind a desk right now, crunching numbers. Instead, she's standing in the midst of a few dozen displaced families, listening to their stories and offering whatever help she can.
A Stitch in Time
Brus, Serbia - Many Serbs say that, the further south you travel in their country, the sadder the situation grows. But you wouldn't know that from meeting Nevenka Mihalovic.
Uganda: Cecilia: A Harvest of Hope
Ogonyo Camp, Uganda - Cecilia Lamunu remembers life before the war. As she sits inside her tiny mud hut and lights a kerosene lamp against the coming darkness, you can see the past flickering in her eyes.
Tajikistan: Improving Health, Empowering Women
In a remote region of Tajikistan, a Mercy Corps program is chipping away at the mountain of silence that prevents women from leading healthier lives.