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 marginalised 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 programmes, 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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Tajikistan: Sewing for success June 23, 2010
Last week I visited Mercy Corps’ first youth employment project to get started under the Tajikistan Stability Enhancement Programme, the programme I’m assisting with this summer. In the sweltering heat, we entered a small room with five girls working away on sewing machines.
Central African Republic: Taking a step forward to protect women's rights June 2, 2010
Our women’s legal support project is beginning after the baseline study that we completed on women’s rights violations showed the extent of violence that women across the country face.
Colombia: Video: Empowering displaced women in Putumayo May 16, 2010
Part of our assistance to newly displaced families in Colombia's Putumayo department includes skills training so they can earn a living. Here, women learn how to make handbags that can fetch a good price locally.
Colombia: Video: 'We've relied on each other to survive' May 5, 2010
The youngest, 40-year-old Nancy, was first to arrive in 2007. She was squeezed out by intensifying fighting between guerrillas and paramilitaries and a death threat she couldn't ignore.
Colombia: Video: Gender-based violence workshop, Colombia May 1, 2010
Colombia: Video: ¡Vivo Jugando! April 30, 2010
Young people in the southern Colombian city of Ipiales are learning respect for each other through Mercy Corps' sports for change programme, "Vivo Jugando." It's part of our effort to prevent gender-based violence, a growing concern in a region severely affected by the country's armed conflict.
Colombia: Displaced but not disempowered April 28, 2010
DR Congo: In Congo, saving trees and lives April 23, 2010
Last November and December I was working with Mercy Corps in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I had the chance to make a photo essay on our work that the BBC is featuring on their website.
Haiti: Helping ensure that small Haitian businesses can start over April 18, 2010
One of Mercy Corps’ first interventions in Haiti was engaging in a partnership with Fonkoze, a leading Haitian microfinance institution that works with women.
Liberia: Redefining success: My journey to Liberia March 17, 2010
Glance down a deeply rutted Monrovia side street and you may see, at the end of the block, a glimpse of palm trees, sandy coastline and the rolling ocean. Blink, and you may briefly imagine you’re in Mexico or another beachy getaway.