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: Healthy mothers make happy families, hopeful futures
We taught mothers in rural Guatemala how to improve the lives of their children through nutrition, hygiene and pregnancy care. Learn how the lessons are giving them a brighter, healthier future.
Pakistan: Revolutionizing childbirth in remote villages
We're making childbirth safer for mothers in Pakistan by teaching women about the special care they need during pregnancy — and training skilled midwives how to provide it for them.
Nigeria: In vulnerable communities, young women dream big
Abasiya used to be like many young women in Nigeria — out of school, poor, and with few opportunities in front of her. How did she build dreams for the future?
Guatemala: Tea and spice growers working for healthier futures
Growing tea ingredients is a precarious livelihood. That's why we've worked with Tazo Tea over the last decade to support farming communities in India and Guatemala. Meet a few people who now have a brighter future.
Tajikistan: From healthy pregnancy to happy baby in rural Tajikistan
We're working to help new mothers in rural Tajikistan learn about childhood nutrition, diet diversity and the importance of breastfeeding their newborns.
Meet the world's bravest mothers
This week we're celebrating mothers around the world who face immense challenges to keep their families safe and healthy. Here are the stories of some of the toughest moms we know.
Uganda: Strength in numbers: Women's groups reuniting families
In rural Uganda, countless families are separated because of local conflicts. Women’s groups are banding together to bring people back together again.
Central African Republic: Building towards a better future
As the only woman in her carpentry workshop, Berthe has to be tough. But the skills she’s learning will help give her family the future they deserve.
Nepal: A smart matriarch turns pickles into profit
In hot western Nepal, Harikala Yogi and her family have mastered the art of pickling mangoes. See how Harikala broke boundaries and took the family business to new heights.
Who are the world's toughest women?
We work with brave and resilient women all around the world. In honor of International Women's Day, we are celebrating just a few of the toughest women we know. Meet them and share their inspiring stories.