News & Stories from the Field

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...

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Bridging Local Law with Regional Peace and Security Efforts

Human rights, like the law, exist to serve the people. While the law and grassroots human rights efforts are not always perfectly in sync, Tostan’s Peace and Security Project is working to bridge the two. Recently, Tostan partnered with the Senegalese Lawyers...

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Nurturing the Next Generation of Learners

Did you know that what happens during the first few years of a child's life at home can set the stage for what happens in the classroom, and beyond?  Our latest film in the Breakthrough Generation series is live--Nurturing the Next Generation of Learners--shows...

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Training religious leaders to become community changemakers

Ousmane Ndiaye is an imam from Tankon, Senegal, where he has committed to serving his community and teaching the lessons of the Quran. As a prominent religious figure, his opinions and judgements hold much weight among his followers. Despite mild apprehension—some...

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The feeling of finally being seen was incredible

In this article by Mia Holmgren--originally posted in Swedish in Dagens Nyheter--Mariam Bamba and Fatou Coulibaly of Soudiane, Senegal mutually disavowed female genital cutting and child marriage. Their lives took a new turn after Tostan's...

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Nothing To Hide: Aissatou Mane’s Path To Fistula Recovery

May 23 is the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. This year’s theme is “End Fistula Within A Generation.” You can join the conversation and help bring an end to this preventable condition by using the hashtag #FistulaDay. In many ways, Aissatou Mané is...

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Cross-national collaboration for a future free of FGC

The Gambia recently passed a national law banning FGC; their neighbors in Senegal have had a similar law in place since 1999. With the intent of learning from the Senegalese experience with female genital cutting (FGC) and the law, as well as with grassroots...

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