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.


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3 days ago


Last week we celebrated the fantastic achievement of former Tostan Training participants S.A.F.E., who led the first public declaration for abandonment of female genital cutting in Kenya. Over 3000 people were present at the declaration, many from the Maasai.

The theories and methodologies for social norms change that Amos, Veronica, Frances, Naserian and David learned at our Training Center in Senegal had a huge influence on their program's approach in Kenya. Their achievement is emblematic of the importance of a non-judgemental, community-led and inclusive approach, as shown by testimonies from the declaration participants themselves:

A grandmother said: "At first, we refused to listen to S.A.F.E., but they were patient and explained to us why people all over the world are saying to stop. Then we came to understand and we quickly agreed that we would stop too."

A mother said: "When others tried to force us to stop, we got angry at them for attacking our culture. But S.A.F.E. respects the culture and the community and that is why we love them."

A young man said: "What S.A.F.E. has done is of historical importance. They know how to bring our whole community together because as community members themselves, they understand the sensitivities and hopes."

Congratulations again to our partners S.A.F.E. and Orchid Project for this significant achievement!

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4 days ago


Cette année, la journée internationale de la radio promeut le dialogue, la tolérance et la paix !

Le saviez-vous? Les émissions de radio, étant un outil de communication accessible et influent dans les zones rurales, sont utilisée dans le cadre du programme de Tostan pour diffuser des informations sur des droits humains et des responsabilités.

Voici deux participants animent une émission sur le droit à l'égalité devant la loi et à un procès équitable, sur la Radio Rurale Dabola. En Guinée, Tostan collabore avec quatre radios rurales, de Dabola, Dinguiraye, Kissidougou et Faranah, afin de toucher une audience plus élargie avec des messages et des actions positives.

En savoir plus sur les émissions et leur rôle dans la stratégie de diffusion organisée, sur notre site web:

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4 days ago


Today is World Radio Day, this year promoting dialogue, tolerance and peace!

Did you know that radio programs, as one of the most powerful and accessible forms of communication in rural areas, are used by partner communities to share and discuss information about human rights and responsibilities?

Here are two community members in Guinea hosting a show about the human right to a fair trial and equality in the law, on the rural radio station Radio Rurale Dabola, one of four partner stations in Guinea along with Dinguiraye, Kissidougou and Faranah. The weekly radio shows allow Tostan partner communities to reach an even wider number of people with positive messages and actions for change.

Find out more about the role of radio programs and our strategy of organized diffusion, on:

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