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.


2 days ago

Tostan Canada

Female genital cutting (FGC) is a violation of human, child and women’s rights, as well as a form of violence against women and girls. We work with grassroots organisations to support community-led change to leave this practice behind. Why? Because ending FGC is transformative for girls, their families, communities and their countries.

We want to keep the momentum from our #dontcuthershort campaign going strong. We need your help to keep 3.9 million girls from being cut every year.

Cutting is a global issue that limits girls' and women's life chances. Let’s keep working together to end this practice.

Get involved and donate ➡️ bit.ly/dontcuthershort

#EndFGC #EndFGM #decadeofaction #humanrights #womensrights
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1 week ago

Tostan Canada

Yussuf Sane, National Coordinator of Tostan Guinea Bissau, has a question for you- live from @theyouthassembly Why? Do you know? #dignityforall
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