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.


13 hours ago

Tostan Canada

On International Day of Peace, we're celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. #peaceday #humanrights #StandUpforHumanRights

Tostan's model is to ensure that those who don't know how to read and write learn to understand the power of human rights. We teach in the oral tradition, in local languages, using images, theater and plays.

We're proud of the results: From start to finish, in 150 communities who experienced Tostan's program in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Mauritania over three years:
» The proportion of participants who now know their human rights multiplied by 5 from 13% to 70%.
» There were significant increases in joint decision-making between husband and wife in all four countries.

See how these results led to more human flourishing in communities in the areas of health, education, the environment, and economic empowerment here:
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2 weeks ago

Tostan Canada

Do not miss out on our webinar tomorrow in which we highlight partner communities' achievements at the local, national and global levels, and our plans to ensure the sustainability of this impact.Don't miss out on tomorrow's webinar!

Join us at 4-5 pm UTC (12-1pm EST) to hear from Tostan's Founder Molly Melching , CEO Elena Bonometti, and Senior Program Manager Dame Gueye about our partner communities' achievements at the local, national and global levels, and our plans to ensure the sustainability of this impact.

Register today: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OiIWidF_RB-oBfL6MJ-TEA
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