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.


News and Stories

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5 days ago


Voici une participante du programme dans le nord du Sénégal, qui danse pour célébrer la décision de sa communauté de déclarer l'abandon des pratiques néfastes et de s'engager pour le bien-être des femmes et des filles.

Sa communauté rejoint 439 communautés qui ont déclaré l'abandon en 2018, soit près de 9 000 communautés depuis 1997 !

Soutenez le mouvement pour une transformation sociale positive ce vendredi :

#DignitéPourTous #FridayFeeling #BonWeekend
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5 days ago


Got that #FridayFeeling? This Tostan participant has!

She is celebrating her community's decision to publicly declare the abandonment of harmful practices and commit to women and girls' wellbeing.

They join a growing movement for positive social transformation in Africa: 439 more communities joined public declarations in 2018 - adding up to almost 9,000 communities since 1997!

Support their movement this Friday: #DignityForAll #Celebration #TGIF

Tostan Sverige Anne Charlotte Ringquist Jonatan Arblom Sundblad
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1 week ago


Shout out to Gina for her support this January!
#Motivation #Generosity #GratitudeBefore I studied art, I took a bachelors in Public Health and Sociology and came across so many organizations carrying out good work ✨As a student, it’s not often that I can contribute much financially to causes. For the rest of January, 10% of all paintings will be donated to, Tostan or Friends of the Earth🎗
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