Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist and co-author of the book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, cites Tostan’s approach during an interview with Pat Morrison of Southern California Public Radio at the Women’s Conference in California last week. When asked where a respectful, grassroots approach has been effective, Kristof refers to Molly Melching and Tostan’s experience with educating communities in Africa about the harmful effects of female genital cutting (FGC).   

Kristof noted that “grassroots efforts in Senegal, Ghana and Egypt from the bottom up, from within these communities, have had transformative change,” of which Tostan is an example.