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.
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Afghanistan: Hatching a New Business
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
Name: Lailuma Aslam ZadaAge: 30 yearsLocation: Bagh-E-Zanana, Kabul (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan: A Window Into Northern Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Optimism is High; But Afghans Fear The Window of Opportunity is Closing
Kosovo: Ensuring the participation of women in Kosovo
From November 2001 until May 2003, Mercy Corps Kosovo implemented the USAID-funded Healthy Community Initiatives (HCI).
Afghanistan: A Journey Through a World of Mercy
Afghanistan, especially northern Afghanistan, is by far the most exotic place I have ever seen.
A Doctor's Call
Agil draws back the lace curtain and looks anxiously out the window.
Afghanistan: Curing the blindness of Afghanistan's illiteracy
"He walked into my office last year in April and told me, to my surprise, that he was quitting even though his contract was not about to end," remembers Joerg Denker, Senior Program Manager for Mercy Corps in North Afghanistan.
Handicrafts Association Restores Old Traditions, Creates New Opportunities in Azerbaijan
Afghanistan: Finding a Common Ground in Kabul
Noorya and Delary don't have much in common. They live in the same sub-district of Kabul but they had never met or seen each other until they registered for work with Mercy Corps.