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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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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Yesterday Tostan and Anti-Slavery International visited local religious schools, or ‘daaras’, in Mbour, Senegal. Project staff met these studious young boys who learn about the Koran, French language and mathematics in one of our most advanced partner schools.

Through the child protection project, Tostan directly assists daaras to modernise and improve the living conditions of the children under their care, for example by building better latrines and shelters, and sharing basic health and hygiene information. Tostan helps to build relationships between local civil society organisations, community management committees and religious schools to ensure that these positive changes for children’s wellbeing are significant and sustainable.

Thanks to project partners Raddho and Anti-Slavery International who join us in the movement for #HumanRights and #DignityForAll.!/donation/checkout
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On May 13, 2018, 50 villages from the Dandé Mayo and Diéri communities came together in Diongto, Senegal, to publicly declare abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage. 15 of these communities had participated in Tostan's Community Empowerment Program, in which they learned and shared about human rights, health, hygiene and leadership.

The Tostan team, in collaboration with UNICEF Sénégal, Orchid Project and UNFPA West and Central Africa, UNFPA Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre, were so proud to attend this historic event in the movement for equality and human rights!


Le 13 mai 2018, 50 villages dans les communautés du Dandé Mayo et du Diéri se sont engagés à abandonner l’excision et le mariage des enfants, lors d'une déclaration publique à Diongto, Sénégal. 15 de ces communautés ont complété le Programme de Renforcement des Capacités Communautaires de Tostan, à travers lequel ils ont appris et partagé les informations sur les droits humains, la santé, l'hygiene et le leadership.

L'équipe de Tostan, en collaboration avec UNICEF Sénégal, Orchid Project et UNFPA West and Central Africa, UNFPA Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre, a assisté avec fierté à cet événement historique.
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Tostan est ravi d'accueillir une visite d'Anti-Slavery International, notre partenaire avec RADDHO dans un projet pour l'éradication de la mendicité forcée des enfants au Sénégal. Le projet combine la formation des leaders réligieux et les communautés sur les droits de l'enfant, avec la sensibilisation et l'amélioration technique des daaras (des écoles locales réligieuses). Lire plus ici (en anglais): ... See MoreSee Less

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