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.


4 days ago

Tostan Canada

“Everyone has the right to be free from all forms of discrimination, and everyone has a responsibility also not to discriminate. Everyone has the right to be free from all forms of violence; but also, we have a responsibility not to be violent.”

In this must-listen conversation on the podcast The Business of Giving, our founder, Molly Melching, goes back to the early beginnings of her journey to promoting Human Rights as well as her collaboration with Professor Cheikh Anta Diop and the Wolof origins of the name “Tostan”. She also shares insightful thoughts and experiences on how community-led shifts in social norms change the prevalence of harmful practices in West Africa.
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2 weeks ago

Tostan Canada

“The knowledge I acquired at Tostan greatly influenced my decision to vie for a political office as a candidate for the position of National Women Councilor for my area...During the campaign, I was able to face and mobilize women to vote for me and I won, thanks to Tostan. Most interesting thing is that, all the other six women councilors that won the seat to the council from URR [Upper River Region] were all previous participants of Tostan CEP classes.”

- Ms. Fatoumatta Jabbie, former Tostan Facilitator and current National Women’s Councilor for Fulladou East, Basse, The Gambia.
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