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Walk On My Own

Walk on My Own is Ndeye Fatou Fall’s story of her community’s social transformation and what it means for her generation. Gather friends and watch it today!

Empowering Communities

to lead their own development

Abandoning Harmful Practices

Tostan’s impact on intersecting issues

2018 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

Community comes together to support young Hawa’s education

Hawa is a 14-year-old girl from Sare Mamudou, one of the 30 communities undergoing Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program (CEP) in the Gambia. She is an exemplary student who ranked first of her 6th grade class in early 2019. Hawa’s father passed away when she was in...

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Tostan awarded 4-star rating by Charity Navigator in 2019

Tostan has attained a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. This is the highest possible rating from the leading nonprofit evaluator in America. It indicates that...

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Lets unite forces and call for urgent action to accelerate ending of #FGM/C by 2030.

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Every 11 seconds, a girl undergoes female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) somewhere in the world. FGM/C is a human rights violation that cannot continue. Today, alongside activists, civil society, donors, survivors, and grassroots representatives, we are launching a united Global Call to Action 🌍🌎🌏 to end the practice.

Sign up now and support a growing global movement, so that no girl ♀ has to live with the impacts of FGM/C.

Together we can #endFGM #endFGC #endFGMC #endVAWG #ICPD25 #NairobiSummit

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Each day, around 33 000 girls are forced into marriage and more than 4 million women are at risk of FGC each year... This 25th anniversary of the ICPD summit, in Nairobi, is a recall and an urge to achieve the goal to set sexual and reproductive health a universal and accessible right, as it is also a key pathway to ensuring sustainable development. Join the movement. Together we can #EndFGC #ICPD25 #NairobiSummit ... See MoreSee Less

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How much can change in just one generation? We are delighted and proud to see Ndeye Fatou Fall's documentary about the changes in her community after Tostan, mentored by Elizabeth Hummer in partnership with BYkids, taking the country by storm. This most recent screening in Chicago really got people thinking and talking! Consider sharing the experience with your own friends and family with the Circle of Change, you can sign up with Tostan. ... See MoreSee Less

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