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
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.
Uganda: Acting Globally
Children have always been close to Nicole Greenberg's heart. The 20-year-old has worked with children in one way or another most of her life: as a babysitter, then a camp counselor and now as a developmental psychology major at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Afghanistan: Q&A: Afghanistan, Five Years After the Taliban Fell
Nicaragua: Coffee sales spur better health
Yali, Nicaragua — The going rate to see a doctor or buy a month's supply of prescription medicine in this poor Central American nation is about $25.
Tajikistan: Beauty Will Save the World
Sudan: Darfur Crisis: Re-Commit to Families
Amid reports of a worsening situation in Sudan's Darfur region, Mercy Corps continues to assist — and help protect — more than 117,000 displaced persons.
The Power of Friendship
Bratunac, Bosnia and Herzegovina — Stanojka Avramovic risked everything by becoming friends with Zejneba Sarajlic.
Liberia: Narrowing Education's Gender Gap
Karto, Liberia — The sturdy new schoolhouse in this rural farming village of 2,000 represents a new hope — especially for young women like Margaret. Currently, she is one of 90 million girls around the world who don't go to school.
Guatemala: Help 300 Women Stay Cancer-Free