On March 8, 2010, Tostan staff and volunteers visited the Dakar Women’s Prison to take part in the day-long event organized by Tostan’s Prison Project. Held on Women’s International Day, this event honored women from the prison who are taking their future into their own hands by participating in Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program (CEP). As the majority of the women incarcerated have never had access to schooling, Tostan’s program gives participants a new outlook on their present situation by teaching them skills such as literacy, numeracy, and project management, among others. It also brings hope of a brighter future, helping inmates prepare for their life outside prison.

To read more about Tostan’s Prison Project and its progress to date, click here.