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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Guatemala: Traveling the roads of resilient children April 26, 2011
I recently went to visit the communities of Yalchactic I and Salvador Chizol, near the city of Cobán in Guatemala's mountainous Alta Verapaz region. A large portion of the access roads to these communities are in very bad shape.
Iraq: Literacy class graduation in Basra April 21, 2011
Graduates of Mercy Corps' literacy program in Basra, Iraq, proudly holding their certificates.
Iraq: Two Iraqi women, determined to succeed April 21, 2011
Before I started working with Mercy Corps' Women’s Awareness and Inclusion (WAI) program, I was working with another non-governmental organization on land mine awareness and education.
Timor-Leste: Sharing the responsibility to grow more food April 19, 2011
After a bumpy six hour drive from our head office in Dili, we finally reached our first destination on my recent field visit in Timor-Leste: the village of Maununu.
Niger: Four "H"s united for one goal April 11, 2011
The name "4H" is really a pure coincidence: these four colleagues from the same Mercy Corps project in Niger are called Hadiza, Halima, Hadiara and Hadiza.
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
It was midday and the weather wasn’t favorable. The heat was scorching and everyone wanted to be in the shade.