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Fatou Coulibaly: Mobilizing for Community Well-Being
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Fatou Coulibaly Community Management Committee member and local councilor in Soudiane, Senegal
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Fatou Coulibaly, 56, serves as a Community Management Committee member and local councillor in Soudiane, Senegal. Fatou participated alongside Marième in Tostans three-year Community Empowerment Program in the late 1990’s, learning human rights-based empowering education, the ability to read and write, social mobilization, local democracy and income-generation and project management.

“This education has given us so much that makes a difference in our daily lives. We take the kids to the hospital when they are ill rather than try to treat them ourselves with leaves and plants. We understand the importance of washing our hands and we have cleared off any branches and water puddles that attract malaria mosquitoes. Now, we clean the entire village once a week,” says Fatou Coulibaly.

Today, Fatou and Marieme have the confidence to speak in the presence of men in their own Community Management Committee, helping to make vital decisions for the community as a whole.

“I still remember that incredible feeling of being seen. Everyone listened and my opinion mattered. I also realized how discriminated against women had been. We had no worth. Our men treated us poorly, but I don’t place the blame on them, that is how all families lived,” - Fatou Coulibaly.

Tostan's celebrating 30 years in Thiès!

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Video: Tostan logo zooms out from sign “Welcome to Tostan Training Center”
Text: Emotional flashback of Toston’s 30th Anniversary celebration highlights
Video: Women dancing and group of people playing instruments
Text: Moments of joy and sharing highly emotional
Image: Women speaking in front of room full of people
Videos: Women and men crying
Text: An opportunity to visit partner communities
Image: Community of men and women sitting together
Video: Women singing
Image: Group of women together
Image: Women dancing
Text: Joy, love, happiness… with Senegalese rhythms
Video: People dancing
Image: Group of women and children smiling
Video: People dancing together
Text: A new jewel recalling Tostan’s best memories: Kër Tostan
Image: Community members together
Image: People looking at images on wall
Text: Tostan, one big family in favor of Dignity For All
Image: Community members in group photo
Image: Tostan logo 30 years
Text: Production: Fatou Kiné Marone, Ndèye Aissatou Sow
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