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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7 days ago

Tostan Canada

What a fantastic achievement!

Last week we celebrated the fantastic achievement of former Tostan Training participants S.A.F.E., who led the first public declaration for abandonment of female genital cutting in Kenya. Over 3000 people were present at the declaration, many from the Maasai.

The theories and methodologies for social norms change that Amos, Veronica, Frances, Naserian and David learned at our Training Center in Senegal had a huge influence on their program's approach in Kenya. Their achievement is emblematic of the importance of a non-judgemental, community-led and inclusive approach, as shown by testimonies from the declaration participants themselves:

A grandmother said: "At first, we refused to listen to S.A.F.E., but they were patient and explained to us why people all over the world are saying to stop. Then we came to understand and we quickly agreed that we would stop too."

A mother said: "When others tried to force us to stop, we got angry at them for attacking our culture. But S.A.F.E. respects the culture and the community and that is why we love them."

A young man said: "What S.A.F.E. has done is of historical importance. They know how to bring our whole community together because as community members themselves, they understand the sensitivities and hopes."

Congratulations again to our partners S.A.F.E. and Orchid Project for this significant achievement!

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