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 Three Years

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 in 3 years. 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.


Happy Tostan Tuesday! As the #TostanTraining concludes, participants got to see grassroots development in action.

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Day 5 - we visited the village of Keur Simbara. The village participated in Tostan community empowerment programme (CEP) over 20 years ago and abandoned female genital cutting and child marriage.

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The #TostanTraining continues as participants learn some of our most fundamental principles, such as basic human rights and social norm theory!

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Day 4 - we learned about #humanrights instruments and how Tostan teaches 19 #humanrights principles through positive imagery. We focused on the right to be free from all forms of violence including FG...

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