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
Central African Republic: From violence to vocation, fear to freedom October 24, 2011
Mercy Corps counseling centers help women recover from abuse and put the power of self-determination in their own hands.
Haiti: Art therapy camp for Port-au-Prince youth October 1, 2011
This past August, we took 20 school-age children to a mountainside retreat outside Port-au-Prince for six days of activities designed to heal emotional wounds from the 2010 earthquake.
Central African Republic: Fighting for rights in Bangassou October 1, 2011
When her husband was wrongly accused and arrested, Helene relied on what she'd learned about about legal rights to fight for his freedom.
Central African Republic: Stopping female circumcision September 27, 2011
A movement to promote women's rights — and opportunities to earn a living in new ways — are motivating many ‘nurses’ to stop putting girls' lives at risk.
Ethiopia: A sense of pride September 14, 2011
We were recently asked to create a large-scale permanent photography collection for the gallery attached to our Portland Action Center. This image by Thatcher Cook was one of the selections.
Guatemala: Marching for change August 15, 2011
Hundreds of women in Guatemala paraded through the streets of Cobán on March 8 — International Women's Day — with a palpable feeling of pride and hope for the future.
Iraq: Let's help Iraqi children together August 11, 2011
Across all the world’s nations, according to all religions and man-made constitutions, children should be given special care and kept away from struggles and conflicts. They are more valuable than any natural and industrial resource that a country might have.
Iraq: Economic development on a personal level August 1, 2011
In a part of the country often forgotten by the central government, southern Iraq has had its share of challenges following years of conflict that began with the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.
Tunisia: Tunisia program launches in the wake of a revolution July 29, 2011
Mercy Corps is starting up programs in the North African country of Tunisia for the first time.
Guatemala: Fresher food, better nutrition, happier families July 28, 2011
In the northern highlands of Guatemala, the signs and symptoms of malnutrition are a common sight: stunted growth, underweight bodies and visible fatigue.