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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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Building skills and confidence in Guinea-Bissau

In West African communities, oral tradition is the norm. Knowing how to read and write depends on formal schooling, which is inaccessible to many citizens.  In Guinea-Bissau, the literacy rate is around 55% (45% for women) and even lower in rural areas where Tostan...

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A Letter to the Tostan Global Family

  In the below letter from the 2015 Annual Report, Tostan's Board Chair Dr. Cheikh Mbacke describes what it was about Tostan that stood out to him, after  over a decade in the field, and why he joined Tostan's efforts to "nourish the most valuable resources we have on...

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