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
Egypt: Hanging with Egypt's tiger mom April 9, 2011
Since arriving in Cairo three weeks ago as a member of Mercy Corps' Egypt assessment team, I have had the opportunity to meet and befriend many of those who participated in Egypt’s recent revolution.
Afghanistan: New book honors Afghan women entrepreneurs March 7, 2011
International Women’s Day reminds me of the many courageous women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting during my last years at Mercy Corps. In all corners of the globe, women work tirelessly — sometimes against incredible odds — to build better, more prosperous and peaceful lives for their families.
Pakistan: 'They are just like family' March 5, 2011
During last summer's historic flooding in Pakistan, Mercy Corps opened a mobile medical unit led by a female doctor to care for the needs of women and children. Dr. Antonia Maria explains how "day by day, we developed a bond like family" with women seeking health information and treatment.
Iraq: Literacy builds confidence for women in southern Iraq February 24, 2011
Somalia: Stitching together her place in the market February 9, 2011
Somalia: Encouraging local culture through peaceful change January 31, 2011
Tajikistan: Train a teacher, teach a community January 31, 2011
Faiziniso Ruziboeva has always dreamed of becoming a doctor. However, there is only one medical school in all of Tajikistan, which located in the nation’s capital, Dushanbe.
Ethiopia: Learning how to run a business January 25, 2011
Thirty-year-old Felekech Indriss lives far out in the countryside in a village called Fuchucha, within the Konso region of Ethiopia, too far from any school where she can be educated.
Ethiopia: Saving and succeeding January 23, 2011
Within Mercy Corps' PROSPER program, the Savings and Credit Cooperative project brings much confidence to women in the Konso district of Ethiopia. Once a woman has saved a small amount of money, she is able to join the savings co-op and become eligible to apply for small business loans.
Ethiopia: Reading, finally January 22, 2011
They sit in the shade and practice writing for one hour each day, for five days a week. This is usually done in the morning, well before their daily chores begin. While they do this, their older children take care of the younger ones in order to support their mother's education.