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


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:



Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities is the foundation for learning



Information is shared in a non-judgmental way



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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Please vote today to shine a light on and share the human rights movement rising in West Africa!

Vote today by clicking the orange button at the top in SoCap Open:

Tostan hopes to share a part of its Promoting Community Wellness training with one of the leading impact investing conferences this October in San Francisco in an interactive workshop, designed from Tostan's participatory, human rights based methodology.

But we need your vote!

If we get enough votes and are selected, Birima Fall of West Africa's Tostan Training Center may attend SoCap and share the key concepts of movement building and participatory change-making that have led to Tostan's exceptional results for women, girls, and whole communities:
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La semaine prochaine, nos collègues Suzanne Bowles et Yussuf Sane, respectivement Spécialiste en Partenariats Mondiaux et Gestionnaire de Projet de la Guinée Bissau, participeront à la rencontre mondiale de Filles, Pas Epouses (Girls Not Brides) en Malaisie. Nous serons très fiers de partager nos méthodes et collaborer avec des partenaires autour de deux table-rondes, sur le changement de normes sociales.

A très bientôt! Orchid Project Amref Health Africa Population Council Equilibres & Populations The Girl Generation

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Time to pack those bags! -- Next week Suzanne Bowles, our Global Partnerships Specialist, and Yussuf Sane, from our office in Guinea-Bissau, will join activists and changemakers at the Girls Not Brides Global Meeting in Malaysia. We're looking forward to sharing what works and collaborating with partners in panels on the social norms change approach to ending #FGC and #ChildMarriage.

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Tostan empowers community members in West Africa to fulfill the #GlobalGoals -- Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Did you know? Participants in our Community Empowerment Program learn the basic financial and project management skills needed to manage community microcredit funds and small businesses. Thanks to this, women and men alike can start their own activities to generate income for themselves and their families.

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