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
Afghanistan: New Opportunities in a Fertile Land June 2, 2004
In Helmand Province, opportunities for women are slim. Culturally-prescribed gender roles restrict their movement outside of their households and villages, limit their access to education and economic options and hinder their positive contributions to civil society at many levels.
Afghanistan: Lending a Hand and a Little Bit More June 1, 2004
A long line of women extends down the staircase of the Ariana Financial Services Group (AFSG) office in Kabul. The women are eagerly waiting to collect their small business loans.
Afghanistan: A Flame of Hope May 24, 2004
As Khadija Naziry darts from vats of melting wax to a large tray of metal candle molds, her pronounced limp almost goes unnoticed. Her energy and passion mask the past decades of hardship she suffered living in Kabul through wars, violence and oppression.
Afghanistan: American-Style Baby Swings Sell Well in Afghanistan May 21, 2004
Name: Najeeba HaidariAge: 36 yearsLocation: District 10, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan: Asian Fashion for Kabul Women May 21, 2004
Name: Nadjia ShujaeeAge: 33 yearsLocation: Bagh-E-Zanana Women’s Market, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan: Afghan Woman Selling to Women May 21, 2004
Name: Aziza RajabiAge: 45 yearsLocation: Bagh-E-Zanana Women’s Market, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan: Hatching a New Business May 21, 2004
Name: Fawzia Mohammad HazanAge: 35Location: District 7, Kabul (Afghanistan) Over the din of hundreds of cheeping little chicks, Fawzia explains the business plan for her newly launched chick farm.
Afghanistan: A Beauty Shop of Her Own May 21, 2004
Name: Lailuma Aslam ZadaAge: 30 yearsLocation: Bagh-E-Zanana, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan: A Window Into Northern Afghanistan May 11, 2004
Afghanistan: Optimism is High; But Afghans Fear The Window of Opportunity is Closing November 19, 2003