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Since we began, our human rights-based education program has reached more than three million people, resulting in:
19k+
women have been selected into leadership positions in their communities
3m+
people live in communities that publicly declared an end to female genital cutting
7,000+
communities that have publicly declared their daughters will not marry before they are 18
42k+
people, mostly women, have improved their reading skills thanks to our innovative training on mobile phones
1,991
villages have established their own community funds that help people save, invest, and grow
110k+
people have learned about democracy and how to make decision-making equitable

The Tostan Model

Our three-year nonformal education program puts rural communities in charge of their own futures. We help communities develop their own vision for development using an approach that is:
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Human Rights-Based

Knowledge of human rights and responsibilities is the foundation for learning
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Respectful & Inclusive

Information is shared in a non-judgmental way
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Holistic & Sustainable

Program covers five key impact areas and has sustainability at its core

Where We Work

We partner with communities in six countries in Africa.

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Press Release: Tostan and former president Bill Clinton to be awarded the seventh biennial Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, DC 1 September 2015 — Tostan, along with former president Bill Clinton, will be awarded the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut next month. The award is given biennially by UConn’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center for human rights to recognize a significant effort to advance international justice and human rights around the world.

Fostering partnerships to enhance knowledge-sharing at the Tostan Training Center

Our March 2015 pilot training is not over yet! 

Workshops at the Tostan Training Center (TTC) are proving to be useful platforms for interactive knowledge sharing, where participants and facilitators can learn from each other, and then bring their learning back to their respective organizations. 

“Edutainment” for the Abandonment of Harmful Practices: A Glance at Theory and Practice

Although Senegal as a nation has a relatively low prevalence rate of female genital cutting (FGC) — around 26% — that figure masks the much higher prevalence rates in certain regional and ethnic communities. In these regions, FGC is often regarded as a social advantage by increasing the perceived marriageability and social acceptance of young girls. Thus, community members see few alternatives and little incentive to change.

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