On this year’s International Day for the Abandonment of female genital cutting (FGC), Tostan partnered with the Senegalese government, UNFPA and UNICEF for an exciting day-long event celebrating progress made towards the abandonment of FGC—as well as those individuals who have done so much to bring about this breakthrough change for future generations. The day began with a panel discussion at the Tostan Training Center, and concluded with a ceremony hosted by the community of Keur Simbara.
Rose Diop, the newly selected National Coordinator of Tostan Senegal, is a walking example of Tostan’s most fundamental principles—respect, collectivity, and creating a vision for a better future. She will go down in history as the first woman to serve as Regional Coordinator, and now the first female National Coordinator, as Rose continues to add to her robust legacy at Tostan. With serious eyes and a gentle smile, her commitment to our partner communities and her ability to exude calm authority have remained constant throughout her career.
Many studies have shown that the involvement of men in early childhood development (ECD) is extremely beneficial to a child’s social, emotional and cognitive growth. Fathers who are involved and playful with their infants have children with higher IQs, improved linguistic abilities, greater capacity for empathy, decreased gender stereotypes, and are all-round better prepared to succeed in school.
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