Press Coverage

December 2020

Transformative impact at scale in Senegal, Oxfam


September 2020

COVID-19 highlights the value of context-specific messaging, Devex

August 2020

A table for two at Tostan: Organizational wellbeing and Leadership transition, Skoll

July 2020

Ending Female Genital Cutting, Julia Lalla-Maharahj, Orchid Project


October 2019

Global Voices: Interview with Molly Melching, World Bank, Annual Meetings 2019

September 2019

Melinda Gates: What she’s learned, Christian Science Monitor

April 2019

Skoll World Forum 2019 | Unlocking Systems-Level Change, by Natalie Rekstad of Black Fox Philanthropy                                                                                                                                          Tostan hold Peace and Security inter-zonal meetings for ten villages in Jimara, GRTS News Broadcast
Mentoring: How it Begins, by Diane Gillespie, Thrive Global
Melinda Gates pairs her reading and her travel
, by Amy Sutherland, Boston Globe

March 2019

BBC Afrique radio report on the International Women’s Day celebration at MAF Liberté 6 and Tostan’s Prison Project (in French), by Zaïnabou Hassane.

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Småskaliga företag hoppet för ökad framtidstro i Senegal (in Swedish) by Mia Holmgren, Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

February 2019

ByKids: Walk on My Own, PBS

January 2019

‘Gambia cannot develop fully if…’ – The Point, The Gambia
POV speakers to illuminate global women’s issues at Family of Women film festival – Idaho Mountain Express, USA

December 2018

Tambacounda : En caravane, Tostan sensibilise pour l’abandon de l‘excision et du mariage des enfants (in French) – Echo Oriental, Senegal

September 2018

Sensibilisation contre l’excision : acteurs et journalistes en tournée à Matam (in French) – APS, Senegal

July 2018

L’ONG Tostan sensibilise contre l’excision et les mariages précoces à Tambacounda – APS, Senegal
Access to family planning in Senegal by Amy Yee, The Lancet

June 2018

Koulikoro: L’ONG TOSTAN et les leaders religieux de ses Zones d’intervention en conclave sur l’accélération de l’abandon des violences basées sur le genre by nayte, Meguetan INFOS, Mali
Tostan disburses over D800, 000 to 30 URR communities by Momodou Jawo, The Point, the Gambia

May 2018

Modernisation des “Daaras”’ : La bid promet 32 milliards CFA au PAMOD (inspecteur) – APS, Senegal
«Derrière les mariages précoces, il y a un besoin d’ascension sociale»
by Abou A. Diack from Tostan-Fouta, SeneNews

April 2018

50 villages de Matam abandonnent la pratique de l’excision – RTS, Senegal

March 2018

Tostan holds URR TAC members seminar by Momodou Jawo, The Point, the Gambia
Koulikoro : L’ONG TOSTAN s’active pour l’abandon de l’excision ! – Ziré infos, Mali

February 2018

Interview : Deedo au SXSW by Régina Sambou, Africulturelle
Tostan international CEO ends Gambia visits by Momodou Jawo, The Point, the Gambia
Tostan featured on Global Impact
International experience inspires students to make change in the world – UW-Eau Claire News Bureau, USA

December 2017

6 Experts to Watch on Female Genital Mutilation by Jihii Jolly, News Deeply: Women & Girls

November 2017

Senegal-Based Non-Profit Working Toward The Elimination Of Female Genital Mutilation – GirlTalkHQ
Africa: Senegal Leading the Fight to End FGM in Africa by Patrick Egwu, AllAfrica
A Mission to Stop Genital Cutting by Amy Yee, New York Times International Weekly
A Senegal-based humanitarian group helps African communities reject harmful practices against women by Ann M. Simmons, LA Times

October 2017

Molly Melching on more than 40 years of human rights work in Africa – AirTalk KPCC

August 2017

African Communities Work Together to End Female Genital Cutting by Felicity Simpson Morfey, News Deeply: Women & Girls
Philanthropy vs. Patriarchy: Emily Nielsen Jones and the Fight on Faith by Kiersten Marek, Inside Philanthropy

July 2017

She arrived in Senegal 43 years ago – and is still there working on social issues by Amy Yee, The Christian Science Monitor

Dix artistes africains qui s’engagent pour le continent by Bertrand Lavaine, RFI Musique

June 2017

Child Marriage and Religion by Daniella Wilson, Skeptic Society Magazine

May 2017

Honour for adults who fight for children’s rights  by Nicola Daniels, IOL
The Ultimate Fixer — Ending a Thousand-year-old Tradition by Johanna Hallin, Medium – Inter Buisness
Rupi Kaur, Financial abuse, Swimming Suffragettes  by Jane Garvey, BBC Radio 4

April 2017

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Global Fight To End Female Genital Mutilation by Ikran Dahir, Buzzfeed

March 2017

6 ways to support women and girls all year round by Lauren Padilla, USA Today College
#BeBoldForChange: Promising practices to tackle early marriage by Katharine Bryant, The Global Slavery Index

February 2017

Sénégal: Actrices du développement – Des pas fermes dans l’autonomisation des femmes by Mamadou Moustapha Fall, AllAfrica
A New Approach to Gender-Lens Grantmaking – Stanford Social Innovation Review
Sénégal: Vers l’édification de « Collectivités locales amies des enfants » by Bacary Dabo, AllAfrica
Sénégal: Kolda/Paix et Securité – Tostan renforce les capacités des membres des comités de paix by Abdou Diao, AllAfrica

January 2017


December 2016

What It Really Takes to Fund Peace and Security by Kathy LeMay and Suzanne Bowles, Inside Philanthropy

November 2016

#GivingTuesday – My Five NGOs for 2016 by Jacki Zehner, LinkedIn Influencers


October 2016


September 2016

Contesting Female Genital Cutting In Africa: Successful Strategies & Future Hopes by Professor Diana Tietjens Meyers, The Critique


August 2016


July 2016

Molly Melching: ‘Maybe It Was Supposed to Be?’ by Ginanne Brownell Mitic, The Wall Street Journal


June 2016

Tostan’s Intervention in URR Reduced Early, Forced Marriage by Momodou Jawo, Daily Observer

May 2016

How to end female genital cutting in our lifetime (video) by Julia Lalla-Maharajh, TEDxLondonBusinessSchool
Social entrepreneurs can give government a lift by Anne-Marie Slaughter, Financial Times
Montreal woman hopes to break world travelling records by Marilla Steuter-Martin, CBC News
Making Big Donations to Change the World by Paul Sullivan, The New York Times
Ghanaian Counselor Wants Pupils to Know Their Rights by Jason Parker, The Forum on Women at The Carter Center
Social Norms and the Health of Populations by Sandro Galea, Boston University School of Public Health


April 2016

Child Rights Hero: Molly Melching – World’s Children’s Prize


March 2016


February 2016

by Rajesh Mirchandani, Center for Global Development
by Elliot Friedland, The Clarion Project
by Molly Melching, Council on Foreign Relations
by Julia Lalla-Maharajh, Population Council


January 2016

by Courtney Martin, Medium


November 2015


October 2015

Bill Clinton receives human rights award in Connecticut
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press


July 2015


May 2015


February 2015

by Catherine Russell, Huffington Post


December 2014

by Mouhamed Cherif Diop, Christian Science Monitor
Philanthropy isn’t just for the wealthy
by Nicole Franklin, ANZ


November 2014


October 2014

by Molly Melching, Huffington Post


August 2014

by Julia Lalla-Maharajh, Skoll World Forum
by Raecine Williams, Business Research Guide


July 2014

by Geraldine Bedell, Huffington Post


June 2014

by Jeff Bradach, Stanford Social Innovation Review
by Geraldine Bedell, FT Magazine


May 2014

by Craig and Marc Kielburger, Huffington Post Impact Canada


May 2014

by Molly Melching, Stanford Social Innovation Review
by Geraldine Bedell, Huffington Post


April 2014

Orchid Project
Minnesota Public Radio
The Borgen Project
Family Innovation Zone
Jordmor: Omskjæring er unødvendig lidelse (in Norwegian)
Vårt Land
Notes from Senegal: My American Jewish World Service Study Tour Experience
by Cheryl Peress, American Jewish World Service Blog


March 2014

by Joya Taft-Dick and Sandie Taylor, The Guardian
by Molly Melching, Huffington Post Global Motherhood Blog
by Jacki Zehner, LinkedIn


February 2014

Opposition grows to extreme genital mutilation
by Helen Vesperini, The New Age
by Helen Vesperini, Digital Journal
Molly Melching honored in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Gallery of Excellence
University of Illinois
by Julia Lalla-Maharajh, Huffington Post


February 2014

Mali Communities Renounce Female Circumcision
Sudan Vision Daily
by Eivend Algrøy, Dagen
International Center for Research on Women / Girls Not Brides
by Molly Melching, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Mali Communities Denounce Female Genital Cutting
by Baba Ahmed, ABC News
by Julia Lalla-Maharajh, DFID Blog
UNICEF West and Central Africa
by Claire Hédon, RFI: Priorité santé
Mali communities denounce female genital cutting
by Baba Ahmed, Associated Press
Voice of America
by Stephanie Le Lievre, Think Press Africa


February 2014

3 questions à… Khalidou Sy de Tostan Sénégal (in French)
by Marine Casaux-Bussière, Excision, Parlons-en!


January 2014

by American Library Association’s Social Responsibility Round Table, Amelia Bloomer Project
Déclaration publique d’abandon de l’excision et des mariages précoces et forcés à Labé (in French)
Radio Kankan
Labé : des communautés s’engagent à abandonner l’excision et les mariages précoces et forcés (in French)
by Abdoulaye Cissé, Guinée Diversité
Minnesota Public Radio
by David Alport, Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria
by Charlotte Fouilleron, Femme Actuelle
Recommended Reading: However Long the Night
by Emily Bosworth, The Little Market
Gambia: 38 Communities in URR Abandon FGC, Others
by Momodou Jawo, All Africa
38 Communities in URR Abandon FGC, Others
by Momodou Jawo, Daily Observer
by Carine Frenk, Radio France Internationale
by Priya Shetty, Bulletin of the World Health Organization


December 2013

by Jacki Zehner, Linkedin
Bignona : marche pour l’abandon des violences faites aux enfants, lundi (in French)
Agence de Presse de Sénégalaise
Designed to Arrive Early: How We Can Save the Lives of Millions of Children
by Dr. Ari Johnson, Dowser
From Malala to the MDGs: 2013 has been a huge year for girls
The Girl Effect
Mali: Child Mortality Reduced Tenfold in Mali Pilot Healthcare Scheme
by Misha Hussain, All Africa
by Misha Hussain, Thomson Reuters Foundation


December 2013

by Jennifer Lazuta, Voice of America
by Donald G. McNeil Jr., The New York Times
Mali: Find the Child, Treat Them Early – Message From Mali
All Africa
by Ari Johnson, Impatient Optimists
by Molly Melching, Huffington Post Global Motherhood Blog
New films bring community voices to the forefront on Human Rights Day 2013
Social Enterprise Live
by Suloshinij Ahanath, The Star Online


November 2013

by Lucy Adams, BBC Radio Scotland
by Anita Raj, The Lancet Global Health Blog
Culture and Institutional Reform: Reflections from time in The Gambia
by Lilli Loveday, Mokoro
Santé publique au Mali et prise de conscience du danger de l’excision (in French)
by Camille Sarret, excision, parlons-en!
A short guide to understanding female genital cutting
by Tania Beard, Dalberg Blog
Morgan Stanley’s Perspectives in Philanthropy (p. 20-22)


October 2013

by Molly Melching, CNN
by Gannon Gillespie, Impatient Optimists
by Gannon Gillespie, The Huffington Post
Why we need a Comprehensive Approach to Girls’ Education
by Molly Melching, Thomson Reuters Foundation
How Female Genital Cutting is Ending
by Julia Lalla-Maharajh, Urban Times


September 2013

Goudiry : Tostan outille ses superviseurs et facilitateurs sur l’approche genre (in French)
by Boubacar Dembo Tamba,
What does it mean to have IMPACT?
by Jacki Zehner, LinkedIn
FHI 360, Women Deliver and Johnson & Johnson
by Laura Dunn, Huffington Post


September 2013

VIDEO: Interview with Molly Melching on SVT Aktuellt (at 0:33:40) (in English and Swedish)
SVT Aktuellt
by Halvor Ripegutu, Bergens Tidende
by Eivind Algrøy, Velsignet Helg
Må endre sosiale normer (in Norwegian)
by Kim Arne Hammerstad,
by Ida W. Bergstrøm , På HØYDEN


August 2013

by Brittany Koteles, Dowser
by Devan Strebing, The Commercial News
by Gannon Gillespie, The Guardian
by Rajasvini Bhansali, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Mariama SARR, ministre de la femme : « L’excision est une pratique qu’il faut bannir » (in French)
by Serigne Mansour Sy Cisse, Le Soleil
by Molly Melching, Disruptive Women in Health Care
MOLLY MELCHING : « On ne peut pas mesurer réellement les résultats de l’abandon de l’excision au Sénégal » (in French)
Le Soleil
by Judith Welikala, The Telegraph
by Misha Hussain, Thomson Reuters Foundation


July 2013

by Misha Hussain, Thomson Reuters Foundation
by Celia W. Dugger, The New York Times
by Massoud Hayoun, Al Jazeera America
by Tina Rosenberg, The New York Times
by Abby Stewart, Borgen Magazine
Revue de Presse Africaine (at 00:24:00) (in French)
Radio France Internationale
21 URR Communities Abandon FGC
by Alagi F. S. Sora, Foroyaa Newspaper

June 2013

by Elizabeth Bibb Binder and Kirk Kramer, The Bridgespan Group
by Courtney E. Martin, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Molly Melching, de l’ong TOSTAN : « Les systèmes sociaux sénégalais peuvent servir de modèles à d’autres pays » (in French)
by Mamadou Guèye, Le Soleil
by Sandee Brawarsky, The Jewish Week


June 2013

by Melinda Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
42 Communities Declare Stopping FGC & Child Marriage
by Lamin Fatty, Foroyaa Newspaper
Why Redefining Masculinity is the Key to Preventing Violence
The Girl Effect
by Molly Melching, Huff Post Global Motherhood
by Nando Cabral Gomis, Sud Quotidien
Déclaration publique sur d’abandon de l’excision et des mariages précoces forcés (in French)
by Mohamed Sylla, Kankan Radio


May 2013

Molly Melching Helping African Women and Girls
WNYC: The Leonard Lopate Show
President Clinton to Deliver Key Note Speech at Segal Family Foundation Annual Meeting
by Bob Edwards, XM Satellite Radio
by Anna Davis, London Evening Standard


May 2013

La Voix de l’Amérique
Changing Minds in Senegal to Protect Girls From Genital Cutting
by Fred de Sam Lazaro, PBS NewsHour: The Rundown
by Melinda Gates, Impatient Optimists
Architecting solutions as an outsider
by Courtney Martin, Solutions Journalism Network
Off the Shelf
by Doug Hergert, Rossmoor News
by Aimee Molloy, Sojourners


April 2013

by Courtney E. Martin, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Senegal recorded over 5,550 FGM/C abandonment declarations so far
Honoring women of 2013’s impact: ” 5 OF THE BRAVEST WOMEN ON EARTH”
by Women in the World, Women in the World
by Women in the World, Women in the World
by Aimee Molloy, Newsweek


March 2013

by Fola Onifade, The Daily Pennsylvanian
Authorities in Guinea- Bissau commit to taking the Domestic Violence law proposal to the National Assembly
by UN Women Blog, UN Women
by Lynne Featherstone, UK Minister Lynne Featherstone: Blog
by Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor
Abandoning FGM and child marriage in Senegal and Africa
by Laurinda Luffman , SOS Children


February 2013

Senegal rap star says stop ‘cutting’ our girls
by Emma Batha, TrustLaw
by Erica Kochi, TechCrunch
Tostan Must Help End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting In Ghana
by G.D. Zaney, Government of Ghana Official Website
Interview Radio : L’abandon de l’excision : Tostan, une approche qui libère les femmes à travers l’éducation (en français)
by Awa Diédhiou, West Africa Democracy Radio
Lynne Featherstone, Minister for International Development, Speaks Out Against FGC
by Sophie McBain, Spear’s
by Ryan Lenora Brown & Amy Fallon, The Christian Science Monitor


February 2013

Gambia: Zero Tolerance of Mutilation
The Point
by Ryan Lenora Brown & Amy Fallon, The Christian Science Monitor
by Courtney E. Martin, The New York Times
Celebrate Solutions: Improving Literacy and Driving Change Through SMS Text Messaging
by Rati Bishnoi, Women Deliver


January 2013

by Molly Melching, The Huffington Post
by Will Ross , BBC Radio 4 Today
by Laura Coleman, Beverly Hills Courrier


December 2012

by Sally Farhat Kassab, Skoll Foundation
by Baruch Ben Chorin, NBC New: World News Online
NGOs mull impact of UN call for global ban on FGM
by Lisa Anderson, TrustLaw
Africa: How Social Entrepreneurs Tap Africa’s Greatest Resource
by Sally Osberg, Financial Times’ This is Africa: A Global Perspective
Gambia: 21 Communities in URR Abandon FGM
by Momodou Jawo, The Daily Observer
Gambia: 21 URR Communities Vow to Abandon Forced Marriages and FGC
by Lamin Fatty, FOROYAA
by Liz Ford, Produced by Claudine Spera, The Guardian
Senegal will be first country to end female genital cutting – campaigner
by Emma Batha, TrustLaw


October 2012

HarperOne and the Skoll Foundation Announce Partnership to Publish co-branded Stories of Social Change
San Francisco Chronicle
Molly Melching Memoir Leads New HarperOne Partnership
by Jason Boog, Media Bistro


September 2012

by Kate Grant, The Huffington Post
Gambia: ‘Gov’t Development Priorities Top in Tostan Agenda’
by Momodou Jawo, The Daily Observer
by Sabine Panet, Femmes d’Aujourdhui
Using Culture to Change Culture
by Rachelle Dragani, Media Global


August 2012

by José Naranjo, El País

July 2012

by Molly Melching, The Huffington Post
Public Declaration Abandonment of All Forms of FGC
by Geeska, The Horn


June 2012

Somaliland: FGM is not an Islamic Religion Obligations
by Yusuf M. Hasan, Somaliland Media
NGO Tostan organized a social mobilization event for FGC abandonment
by Shiine Cilmi Kaahin, Dalmar Media
URR, The Gambia – ‘Or Chid’ Project gives 5 motorbikes to Tostan
The Daily Observer
by Cécilia Attias, The Huffington Post


April 2012

Tostan Impressed with Gambia Interventions
by Alieu Ceesay, The Daily Observer


April 2012

by Carol Strickland, The Christian Science Monitor


March 2012

by Jesse Ellison, The Daily Beast
by Marcia G. Yerman, The Huffington Post
by Molly Melching and Cristina Bicchieri, Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
by Christina Hoff Sommers, National Review Online


February 2012

by Julia Lalla-Maharajh, The Huffington Post
by Kate Grant, The Huffington Post
by Sister Fa, The Guardian
Change from Within: Youth Leading Movement for the Abandonment of Child marriage in The Gambia
by Molly Melching, Population Connection’s The Reporter

January 2012

A Healthy World Starts With Healthy Mothers by Sharon D’Agostino, The Huffington Post


December 2011

A quiet welcome by Rina Jimenez-David, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Demba and the village in Africa and here by Rina Jimenez-David, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Tostan Founder Molly Melching named one of the “Most Powerful Women in Women’s Rights” Forbes Magazine


November 2011

Radio Interview with Tostan Founder Molly Melching by Jean Faraca, Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, Wisconsin Public Radio


October 2011

Senegal Curbs Bloody Rite for Girls and Women by Celia W. Dugger, The New York Times


July 2011

Video on Tostan’s work in Senegal by Fred de Sam Lazaro, Tom Adair and Nikki See, PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly


June 2011

Too Young to Wed: the Secret World of Child Brides by Cynthia Gorney, National Geographic
Turning Senegalese by Candida Crewe, Financial Times


March 2011

Molly Melching named one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World” Newsweek, The Daily Beast


October 2010

The Art of Social Change by Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Times


October 2009

The Shame Game by Judith Warner, The New York Times