Relaxed discussion, popular songs blasting from speakers, a cheerful atmosphere in a sea of matching outfits: my first impressions of the place I had just entered did not align with the perceptions I held about prisons. It was International Women’s Day, at La Maison d’Arrêt et de Correction in Thiès, Senegal--a prison for both male and female detainees that has partnered with Tostan’s Prison Project since 2003.
This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the incredible ways women across Mali have applied their new knowledge and skills learned during the Community Empowerment Program (CEP) to fit their unique lives.
In honor of World Radio Day, here’s a look at how Tostan partner communities use radio programs as an effective way to spread knowledge about human rights and other important issues. One of the main factors for success is that the shows are for the community, by the community, making the information relevant and credible to listeners.
February 6 was International FGC Abandonment Day. We are proud to support the 8000+ communities across eight countries who have publicly declared to abandon FGC.
The following graphics celebrate the 358 communities who declared to abandon FGC and other harmful practices in December 2016. This human rights movement in West Africa is building momentum and is rapidly approaching critical mass thanks to brave leaders taking a stand to protect their young girls.
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