Since we began, our human rights-based education program has reached more than three million people, resulting in:

Women’s Empowerment

women have been selected into leadership positions in their communities

Health

people live in communities that publicly declared an end to female genital cuting

Child Marriage

communities that have publicly declared their daughters will not marry before they are 18

The Tostan Model

Our three-year non-formal education program puts rural communities in charge of their own futures. We help communities develop their own vision for development using an approach that is:

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HUMAN RIGHTS BASED

Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities is the foundation for learning

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RESPECTFUL & INCLUSIVE

Information is shared in a non-judgmental way

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HOLISTIC & SUSTAINABLE

Program covers five key impact areas and has sustainability at its core

Latest Blog Posts

An Integrated Approach Leads to Healthier, Empowered Mothers

On International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, Tostan Shares What Works Over the past few years, Tostan has enabled hundreds of women suffering from fistula to receive medical treatment at UNFPA fistula repair camps by covering some of the essential expenses involved...

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Q&A with Tostan’s new CEO, Elena Bonometti

What is your background?  I am an Italian national. I left Italy when I was 22 to get my Master's from the Science Po graduate school in Paris. I had always been interested in the world outside of Italy and I seized any possible opportunity to meet people from...

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