Walk On My Own

In her own film, Ndeye Fatou Fall
tells the story of her community’s
social transformation and what
it means for her generation.

Premiering in NYC on March 13th
and airing on PBS and online this spring.

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Spark a Global Movement

Abandoning Harmful Practices

Tostan’s impact on cross-cutting issues

2017 Annual Report

Highlights & Achievements

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 fulfil 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

Ndeye Fatou’s Story: Walk On My Own

  In Walk On My Own, 13-year-old Ndeye Fatou Fall tells about the positive social transformations sparked by her community in Senegal for the health and wellbeing of girls and women. The public premiere took place on March 13, 2019, in New York City, coinciding with...

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Religious Leaders at the Forefront of Social Transformation

Since 1991, Tostan has engaged local religious leaders in supporting communities’ efforts to end violence against girls and women and create a new vision for wellbeing. These partnerships are one of many strategies in a deep and growing movement leading to positive...

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ATTN: Yankees who love Tostan. We are the featured NGO at an EPIC World Music Collider tomorrow night at The Williamsburg Grange, just fifteen minutes up the road from downtown Northampton. Shake to Noura Mint Seymali's molten psychadelic Saharan funk from Mauritania, among others. Tostan's Suzanne Bowles will be on site with Gadjigo Samba of Mount Holyoke College in a series collaboration to lift up the stories of effective social movements in Africa and beyond. Get ready to see Gadjigo's SEMBENE! in Northampton in May... See you tomorrow night! ****Shake shake shake**** ... See MoreSee Less

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Today we celebrate former Tostan Training Center participant Ruth Jepchumba, Founder and Managing Director of Elgeyo Marakwet Girls Foundation, a Kenyan grassroots organization championing girls' and women's rights.

Ruth comes from a region of Kenya where most people believe that girls should undergo female genital cutting and not go to school. At age 11 she ran away from home to avoid being cut, and was ostracized by her family and the larger community. She has since made peace with her community and now works to unite families and communities to abandon FGC together for the wellbeing of all.

Since participating in the Tostan training in December 2018, Ruth has integrated human rights education and new participatory methodologies into the Foundation's activities. For her work, she was celebrated in 2018 as “End FGM Female Champion of the Year” and a Women Deliver Young Leader. She is a shining example of the growing movement of change-makers who participate in Tostan trainings. 🌟

Find out more at: www.tostan.org/programs/tostan-training-center/

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