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

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Women’s Empowerment in Mali

This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the incredible ways women across Mali have applied their new knowledge and skills learned during the Community Empowerment Program (CEP) to fit their unique lives. Overcoming discrimination and finding one’s voice “I...

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Happy Tostan Tuesday! As the #TostanTraining concludes, participants got to see grassroots development in action.

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Day 5 - we visited the village of Keur Simbara. The village participated in Tostan community empowerment programme (CEP) over 20 years ago and abandoned female genital cutting and child marriage.

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The #TostanTraining continues as participants learn some of our most fundamental principles, such as basic human rights and social norm theory!

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Day 4 - we learned about #humanrights instruments and how Tostan teaches 19 #humanrights principles through positive imagery. We focused on the right to be free from all forms of violence including FG...

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A #TostanTraining, like our work in partner communities, is celebratory and inclusive!

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Day 2 at #tostantraining we visited the village of Sam Njaay - they participated in Tostan's community empowerment programme over 20 years ago. The women welcomed our team into the community with open...

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