The #MomentOfLift
for women and girls

Support Tostan to scale our program to 2000 new communities
in 3 West African countries


Walk On My Own

In her own film, Ndeye Fatou Fall tells the story of her community’s social transformation and what it means for her generation. Premiering in NYC on March 13th and airing on PBS and online this spring.

Empowering Communities

to lead their own development

Abandoning Harmful Practices

Tostan’s impact on intersecting issues

2017 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

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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11 hours ago


Timeline Photos“Not only have the girls from Keur Simbara not gone through what I went through as a child, but they won’t even know what cutting is.” Activist, nurse and community outreach project manager Hoda Ali visted our partner Tostan in #Senegal in March and witnessed how communities there have ended female genital cutting.

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If you haven't already, dive into Melinda Gates' book, "The Moment of Lift," and discover how empowering #women can change the world, through the stories of the inspirational women she has encountered along the way, one of which is our founder, Molly Melching.
This incredible book will fill your heart with hope and the determination to empower yourself and others, leaving you convinced that equality can’t wait.
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#DignityForAllI'm in London today to share the incredible stories of the women who inspired me to write The Moment of Lift!
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This week, #Tostan is excited to host influential religious and traditional leaders, as well as NGO activists from Ghana at our 10-day training course, sponsored by #TheCarterCenter.
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