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Monday, February 22, 2010

Tostan-Empowering Communities to Abandon Female Genital Cutting (FGC)

This film describes how Tostan's unique Community Empowerment Program (CEP) has successfully promoted human rights and health in villages throughout Africa. Through interviews with Tostan's Executive Director Molly Melching, UNICEF's Director of Child Protection Dr. Nick Alipui, and past participants of the CEP, viewers will learn about the social structure of female genital cutting (FGC), and how Tostan's approach of community led development has led to the abandonment of FGC practices in thousands of villages.

Tostan is a Senegalese non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. Since 1991, Tostan has brought its holistic 30-month education program to thousands of communities in ten African countries: Burkina Faso, Djibouti, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Somalia, and Sudan. For more information please visit our website at