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
Ethiopia: Girls in eastern Ethiopia access literacy and vocational training for the first time November 30, 2010
In the city of Gode in eastern Ethiopia's Somali Regional State, Mercy Corps worked with a local vocational training center to set up a computer lab for local girls, in order to provide them with computer skills and literacy training.
Afghanistan: Searching for the next Frank Perdue November 15, 2010
India: The beginning of learning more October 26, 2010
When I was in Assam last month visiting with women in our literacy programs, I heard the same sentiment over and over again: the women want to learn more now. Some want to learn English or develop their abilities in their native Assamese — but mostly they have gained confidence in their ab
Tajikistan: In Central Asia's hidden treasure October 26, 2010
As a Desk Officer going on a field visit for the very first time, I could not have asked for a better place to visit than Tajikistan. I’ve come to think of it as a lost and/or hidden treasure in the middle of Central Asia.
Uganda: ‘An Ik is born with peace’ October 22, 2010
Under the shade of a sprawling acacia tree — encircled by a small crowd of elders and local leaders — the man stands, speaking passionately about his people and the situation they find themselves in these days.
India: A future of reading on India’s tea estates October 18, 2010
On the tea estates in northeastern India, generations of girls and women have grown up without learning how to read — they spend their days in the field, just as their parents did, and there is no access or time to attend school.
Ethiopia: A view of water poverty October 15, 2010
West Bank and Gaza: Helping young women in the West Bank engineer a better future October 15, 2010
“Wow! Look at this turn out – there are so many people here today!”
Central African Republic: Pride and success for Micheline October 11, 2010
Mercy Corps has set up a program to support women, train them and give them a way to contribute for the well-being of their families— as well as the development of their communities.
Haiti: On the road, sharing good news about Haiti October 11, 2010
For the past two weeks or so, I’ve been on the road between New York and Washington, DC, attending meetings, conferences and learning events, as well as spending time with our partners and key Mercy Corps staff.