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Uploaded on Jun 23, 2010
Molly Melching spent 30 years living in Senegal developing the scalable, cross-cutting model for community-led improvement and large-scale social transformation that became Tostan. Tostan delivers non-formal education programs for adults and adolescents that uses human rights as a framework for community development, honoring community culture and knowledge systems, paving the way for community-led social norm shifts. Abandonment of female genital cutting has been a cornerstone of the program and a symbol of its success. Over 4,500 communities, comprising more than 3 million people, have publicly declared abandonment of female genital cutting in Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, The Gambia and Somalia. Over 4,000 communities have abandoned child marriages.