Abandoning Harmful Practices

Empowering Communities

Achieving Generational Change in 3 Years

Imagine an African village where a 14-year-old girl stands proudly to advocate for human rights.

Where she is safe from violence. Where she can go to school and become a woman before becoming a wife. Where she and her parents join a community-wide movement for health, democracy and peace. Where together they are transforming the social and family networks that will shape her future.

Now imagine thousands more.


Tostan is Delivering Generational Change

In recent years Tostan has seen historic momentum building across West Africa, most notably in the abandonment of harmful practices, the empowerment of girls and women, and the promotion of human rights. Tostan has positively affected over three million women, children and men in more than 7,000 villages in Western Africa. The next few years present a rare opportunity to build on that momentum to bring about large-scale change that can transform the region. Tostan is partnering with another 1,000 communities to reach more than 1.6 million people in West Africa to deliver Generational Change. This is an ambitious and unique opportunity for thousands to join the movement to change the lives of millions forever.

Tostan is an African-based international charity promoting human rights, community empowerment and social progress.

Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program helps African communities bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on human rights.

 Tostan Canada, a registered Canadian charity, supports Tostan’s work in Africa by raising awareness and resources.

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book-tnHowever Long the Night tells the story of Tostan Founder Molly Melching and the community led social change in Africa. To find out more about the book, click here.


1 day ago

Tostan Canada

Ousmane Coulibaly shares the SDGs he learned in his own language of Pulaar. His community of Lamoye is one of 85 in Kolda preparing to engage with local government for well-being and human rights. Tostan's Strengthening Democracy initiative embraces nonformal education for a sustainable future on International Education Day. #alternativeeducation #educationday #SDG4
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5 days ago

Tostan Canada

Last week we welcomed Tostan - a very inspiring development NGO originating in Senegal🇸🇳 - at the College of Europe to hold a workshop focused on the holistic approach to development based on a model involving community feedback and ownership.
A great thanks to Isabelle and Caroline (Tostan France/ Tostan Danmark) for coming and sharing their insights into their work as well as to all participants for their interest in our activity ☺️ 👍
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