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 they are 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

News and Stories

Sleeping Soundly in Support of Tostan

Diane Gillespie is donating all proceeds from her latest book Stories for Getting Back to Sleep to Tostan. As a long-standing Global Mobilizer, she is especially moved by the emerging women leaders in Tostan communities and by their commitment to a human rights...

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Stories of success from the Prison Project, 2018

Living conditions in Senegal’s state prisons are often very difficult: Access to water, toilets and medical services is limited, whilst living and recreation spaces are inadequate. Organized rehabilitation activities for prisoners are rare, increasing the likelihood...

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Découvrez l'impact du Programme de Renforcement des Capacités Communautaires de Tostan sur une nouvelle génération de jeunes femmes et de filles. Des femmes qui prennent la parole et construisent leur avenir avec confiance; une nouvelle génération de leaders en pleine éclosion. ... See MoreSee Less

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In July 2016, Mariya Taher joined a group of international activists and changemakers at the Tostan Training Center in Senegal, to learn about our approach and methodology for community-led, positive social change.

Check out her inspiring work to raise women's voices on female genital cutting in the USA, through Sahiyo Stories.

#MondayMotivation #Celebrate #Change #TostanIgnite

Female genital mutiliation/cutting (FGM/C) is recognized internationally as a violation of human rights of girls and women. Still, the practice persists worldwide…often in silence.

Sahiyo Stories is a series that, in partner with StoryCenter, seeks to end the silence by bringing together nine women from different race/ethnic, age, and citizenship/residency status, to create digital stories about their FGM/C experiences. Our hope is to mobilize more stories from within FGM/C-practicing communities, in order to ultimately bring an end to this practice.

Thanks to Leena Khandwala, A Renee Bergstrom, Maryah Haidery, Severina Sangurikuri, Salma Sheikhani, Zehra Patwa, Maria Akhter, Mariya Taher, Amy Hill, and Orchid Pusey for taking part in the inaugural Sahiyo Stories Workshop! And a special shout-out to Alex Morelli for creating the "The Making of Sahiyo Stories" Behind the Scenes video!

#FGM #FGC #endFGM #NoMoreKhatna #storytelling #sahiyostories #change
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Our third training supported by The Carter Center comes to a close at the Tostan Training Center, with participants from Nasfat and Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria. We wish them all a safe journey home to Nigeria, and plenty of courage, motivation and Tostan spirit as they work to make change in their communities!
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La troisième formation avec des leaders religieux de Nigeria et le 'Carter Center' des Etats-Unis s'est clôturée ce weekend. Nous souhaitons bon vent et bon courage à nos chers participants !
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