Women’s Empowerment and Gender

The evidence is in. Programs are more effective, impactful and sustainable when all community members – especially women and girls - are included in the design, implementation and monitoring of humanitarian and development programs. When women and girls are not included, we miss opportunities to leverage our support to its highest potential and to help communities improve their quality of life more quickly. Most importantly, when we do not intentionally include women and girls, we miss opportunities to assist marginalized groups in claiming their basic human rights.

At Mercy Corps, we use a gender approach (and not a women’s approach) because we recognize that sustainable solutions to the challenges outlined above require that men and boys play key roles as partners, supporters and advocates of the integration of women’s and girls’ participation in their communities.

Mercy Corps seeks to respond to gender differences broadly in our work, including through our approach to building resilience. We have invested in research and toolkits to better understand and apply important principles around the intersection of gender, inclusion, and resilience.

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