Walk On My Own

Walk on My Own is Ndeye Fatou Fall’s story of her community’s social transformation and what it means for her generation. Gather friends and watch it today!

Empowering Communities

to lead their own development

Abandoning Harmful Practices

Tostan’s impact on intersecting issues

Since we began, our human rights-based education program has reached more than five million people across eight African countries.

Women’s Empowerment

women have been selected into leadership positions in their communities, with many running for public office


people live in communities that publicly declared their intention to end female genital cutting

Child Marriage

communities have publicly declared that their daughters will not marry before the age of 18

The Tostan Model

Our three-year, non-formal education program puts rural communities in charge of their own futures. We support our partner communities to define and fulfill their own vision for wellbeing, allowing them to create positive and lasting social transformation. Our approach is:



Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities forms the foundation for learning



Information is shared in a non-judgmental and participatory way, using local languages



The program has impact across multiple issues, with sustainability at its core

Ndéye Fatou’s Story: Walk On My Own

In Walk On My Own, 13-year-old Ndeye Fatou Fall tells the story of her community in Senegal and the social transformation they have sparked to end harmful practices and ensure education, self-determination and wellbeing for girls and women.

News and Stories

Grassroots Systems Change Wisdom to Prevent COVID-19

Sub-Saharan Africa is in the early days of the regional spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, with currently just over 3,900 confirmed cases.  The World Economic Forum, and others have warned that COVID-19 could intensify in regions that lack the infrastructure to plan...

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An Update from Tostan About COVID-19

We continue to monitor the health risks and responses to the COVID 19 virus here in West Africa. Our shared work is more important now than ever, as we see direct correlations between community management, collaboration with government, and long-term health of...

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“Tostan’s strength is that local authorities accompany us wholeheartedly in this work, and it strengthens collaboration between Tostan, local officials, and communities.” -- Rose Diop, Tostan Senegal National Coordinator #DignityforAll ... See MoreSee Less

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“Renforcer les capacités des femmes c’est de les autonomiser aussi. C’est promouvoir les droits des femmes et des enfants; c’est engager les communautés pour leur développement.” -- Kalidou Sy, Maire de Médina Yoro Foulah ... See MoreSee Less

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“If today I am able to be Mayor it is because of Tostan. Those who elected me noticed my engagement and the work accomplished while I was a member of the CMC. For me this project is a huge source of pride.” -- Kaba Diao, Mayor of Bignarabe, former CMC member ... See MoreSee Less

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“On veut promouvoir les droits des femmes mais ça ne veut pas dire qu’on veut laisser les hommes. Les droits humains concernent les femmes, les hommes, et les jeunes.” -- Rose Diop, Coordinatrice Nationale de Tostan Sénégal #DignityforAll ... See MoreSee Less

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