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
Sudan: Returning, Inspired March 23, 2005
In 2005, Mercy Corps board member Linda Mason took a journey to Sudan's troubled Darfur region. During her time there, she witnessed Mercy Corps staff in action and took time to sit down with women in makeshift camps and listen to their inspiring stories.
Indonesia: The Triumph of Compassion, Spirit and Hope February 3, 2005
Indonesia: A Glimpse of Joy January 21, 2005
The bright and colorful loosely-fitting clothes on her body don’t seem to restrict Audil Mardiah from moving around scooping dirt and other trash off the ground. Audil is a 50 year-old single woman from the Darusalam area who joined Mercy Corps’ cash-for-work program there.
Sri Lanka: First Steps Toward a Brighter Future January 10, 2005
While longer-term efforts to rebuild Sri Lanka's ruined coastal towns are underway, simple things can still make a difference.
Afghanistan: Afghans Speak Out on Violence and Elections October 7, 2004
"People have guns. Please take them away. They will kill people. They will rob people."
Honduras: Breaking the Silence September 30, 2004
In rural Honduras, poverty and hunger gnaw away at families every day. However, there's another daily tragedy tearing village households apart: domestic violence.
On to Lerik, Azerbaijan September 13, 2004
Meeting With Community Mobilizers in Azerbaijan September 13, 2004
To Yardimly, Azerbaijan September 13, 2004
The road to Yardimly had started out fairly smooth, but soon degenerated into a minefield of potholes and back-jarring ruts. Suleyman continued confidently on to Yardimly, which we reached an hour after our departure from Masalli.
Child Survival in Azerbaijan September 13, 2004
As I indulge myself at a luxury hotel in Azerbaijan's capital city of Baku, I cannot believe the contrast between it and what I have just experienced during my trip to the remote mountain regions of Masalli, Yardimly and Lerik, Azerbaijan.