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

Meet the New Leaders of the Breakthrough Generation

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 social transformation in thousands of African communities.


News and Stories

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As you read this today, 50 communities in Louguére Thioly, Senegal are publicly declaring abandonment of female genital cutting and child marriage. In front of witnessing communities and local authorities, they join a growing movement of nearly 9,000 villages across West Africa who are championing a future of health and wellbeing for girls and women.

Learn more about our social norms change approach and the importance of a public declaration through this video by our partner Orchid Project:

#dignityforall #humanrights #TostanCreateFemale genital cutting (FGC) is a harmful traditional practice that affects over 200 million women and girls worldwide. Over 8,500 communities in West Africa...
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4 days ago


#ThrowbackThursday to 2011, when Harouna Sy, now the Regional Coordinator for Tostan in eastern Senegal, starred in this feature film: 'Futa, It Is Time To Talk':

The film tells his story: The story a young Fulani man who returns home to discover men, women, and entire villages questioning and abandoning age-old practices, after the Tostan program.

Which groups could you share this film with? What kind of discussion could this provoke? We'd love to hear from you.

#FGC #childmarriage #letstalkaboutit #discuss Harouna SyFuta, It Is Time To Talk (Fuuta, Le Temps Est Venu D'en Parler) Harouna, a young Fulani from northern Senegal, is upset by the death of a close friend who di...
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Today marks the end of another seminar at the Tostan Training Center in Senegal, and the last of 12 seminars that we have facilitated this year. The sun is shining as we thank the participants for their passion and dynamism, and wish them well on their journeys home!
-- C'est aujourd'hui que s'est terminé notre douzième et dernier séminaire de 2018 au Centre de formation de Tostan. Nous remercions les participants pour leur passion et leur engagement, et leur souhaitons un bon voyage de retour !
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Tostan collaborates with religious leaders in West Africa, like Mohammed Cherif Diop. They join us to promote positive social transformation through our holistic, human rights-based education programs.

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Tostan collabore avec les chefs religieux en Afrique de l'Ouest, comme Mohamed Cherif Diop. Ils et elles nous accompagnent dans la promotion une transformation sociale positive basée dans les droits humains.

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#DignitéPourTous #DroitsHumains #TostanCreate #DignityForAll #HumanRights
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