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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

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 fulfill 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

Scaling Systems Change: Norms that Transform

Scaling Systems Change: Norms that Transform

Tostan CEO Elena Bonometti hosted a conversation with Faustina Fynn-Nyame and Dr. Rebecka Lundgren. Faustina Fynn-Nyame is the Executive Director for Africa and Sector lead for Child Health and Development, at The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Dr....

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Tostan Guinea COVID19 Update

Tostan Guinea COVID19 Update

CONAKRY - Guinea experienced its first imported case of COVID 19 on March 12, 2020 and total cases number 4,372 as of this writing. Guinea’s first case was declared in the midst of political unrest due to a legislative election and a referendum ballot for the adoption...

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Walk On My Own Awards

Walk On My Own Awards

BYKids Walk On My Own documentary won the Gender Equity Prize 2020, from the Prix Jeunesse International. Told through the perspective of then 13-year-old Ndèye Fatou Fall, who directed the short film, Walk on My Own recounts how her life has been affected by profound...

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[WEBINAR] "How do communities replace milestones that cause #GenderBasedViolence with positive practices?"

Faustina Fynn-Nyame, Executive #Director for #Africa at The Children's Investment Fund Foundation, delivered us some interesting thoughts on replacing harmful practices. She strongly believes that changing #SocialNorms helps empowering all genders in the society.

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[WEBINAR] "It's important that programs that want to prevent #GBV are not just for women - are for women and men [...]. And it's so important to have really multifaceted and integrated intervention".

This is part of the great conversations we had during the June 22 webinar: Elena Bonometti, Tostan CEO shared her vision on #Tostan's perspective.

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[WEBINAR] “Social norms are about power. They reflect and they reinforce power relationships that empower some groups of people and marginalize others, which is of course why they can be very difficult to change and shift”.

Dr. Rebecka Lundgren's great thoughts on defining social norms during our last webinar are now available. Discover the whole story in this video.

Rebecka Lundgren is Doctor at the Center on Gender Equity and Health UCSD at the University of California San Diego.

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