Tostan and UNICEF do not sleep when it comes to helping communities abandon harmful traditional practices. 50 new Tostan centers will open their doors in the department of Bakel, Senegal to help accelerate the process of abandoning female genital cutting (FGC) as well as child/forced marriage. This past Sunday, facilitators began a review session to reinforce their knowledge of the Tostan Community Empowerment Program (CEP). Tostan and UNICEF are reinvesting in the department of Bakel as two areas, Bala and Kidira, have already received the CEP. Of the 50 new centers, 20 of them will conduct the Tostan program in the language of Soninké, 25 will conduct the program in Pulaar, and five in a zone near the border with Mali will conduct the program in Mandinka.
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