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
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
Indonesia: A Glimpse of Joy
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
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
"People have guns. Please take them away. They will kill people. They will rob people."
Honduras: Breaking the Silence
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
Meeting With Community Mobilizers in Azerbaijan
To Yardimly, Azerbaijan
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
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.