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 Africa Day! To celebrate this day that highlights such a diverse and extraordinary continent, we want to focus on Soudiane, Senegal. This West African village is a pure example of the breakthrough strides communities have taken with the Tostan program.

Check out this amazing video to see how Soudiane went under a transformational change that developed their community to abandon harmful practices and create gender equality. Soudiane is the perfect example of how sustainable development helped to grow their community as well as the communities around them.

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For #TogetherTuesday we are supporting incredible organizations that, like ourselves, believe in gender equality and access to health care.

Today is International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. It is important to be aware of what is occurring to millions of women because of a very preventible injury. Watch this great video by UNFPA that highlights the injury and how it has effected so many women.

At Tostan, we believe that the health of women, men and children is at risk in many communities because of limited access to health resources and care. To see where we make our health impacts and disease prevention, click here:

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2 million women are suffering in silence from fistula and barely anyone knows. Share this video to help #EndFistula: #WomensHealth #GlobalGoals

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