News & Stories from the Field

Women Leaders on the Rise in The Gambia

A cycle of empowerment and leadership is rising in West Africa - and it is led by women. Read on to learn more about the inspiring women leading with dignity in The Gambia, thanks to the confidence they gained through Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program. In 2017,...

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Annual Report 2017

Our Annual Report for 2017 is now available online, in English. In the report, we are delighted to share with you some highlights of the amazing achievements made by our partner communities in 2017, through the Community Empowerment Program and adapted programs. You...

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Sleeping Soundly in Support of Tostan

Diane Gillespie is donating all proceeds from her latest book Stories for Getting Back to Sleep to Tostan. As a long-standing Global Mobilizer, she is especially moved by the emerging women leaders in Tostan communities and by their commitment to a human rights...

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Stories of success from the Prison Project, 2018

Living conditions in Senegal’s state prisons are often very difficult: Access to water, toilets and medical services is limited, whilst living and recreation spaces are inadequate. Organized rehabilitation activities for prisoners are rare, increasing the likelihood...

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An Integrated Approach Leads to Healthier, Empowered Mothers

On International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, Tostan Shares What Works Over the past few years, Tostan has enabled hundreds of women suffering from fistula to receive medical treatment at UNFPA fistula repair camps by covering some of the essential expenses involved...

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Q&A with Tostan’s new CEO, Elena Bonometti

What is your background?  I am an Italian national. I left Italy when I was 22 to get my Master's from the Science Po graduate school in Paris. I had always been interested in the world outside of Italy and I seized any possible opportunity to meet people from...

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Women’s Empowerment in Mali

This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the incredible ways women across Mali have applied their new knowledge and skills learned during the Community Empowerment Program (CEP) to fit their unique lives. Overcoming discrimination and finding one’s voice “I...

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Celebrating the International Day for FGC Abandonment

February 6 was International FGC Abandonment Day. We are proud to support the 8000+ communities across eight countries who have publicly declared to abandon FGC. The following graphics celebrate the 358 communities who declared to abandon FGC and other harmful...

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Solar-Powered Progress: A Photo Essay

With efforts from the Empowered Community Network, 262 solar batteries were distributed with support from the Ed Nef Foundation to 150 households in Keur Simbara, Kobongoye and Soudiane. These three Senegalese communities have completed the Community Empowerment...

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“Every bright day starts with a rising sun”

There are few things more inspiring than when people come together and decide to take a stand for real and lasting change--a change they believe is necessary in order for future generations to not only live a life of dignity, but also to thrive in an increasingly...

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