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Molly Melching on more than 40 years of human rights work in Africa




Senegalese girls participate in a rugby match along with other youths at the
Senegalese girls participate in a rugby match along with other youths at the "House of Rugby" sports and cultural center, in Yoff, a neighborhood of Dakar, on October 17, 2011.
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Molly Melching is the founder of Tostan International.

Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, Melching and her organization are most well known for advancing human rights in the region – specifically awareness of female genital cutting, and childhood and forced marriage. Meaning “breakthrough” in Wolof, Tostan organizes community programs on health, hygiene, literacy and other human rights issues.

Through those programs, more than 7,200 villages in six West African countries ended practices of female genital cutting and childhood marriage.

Host Larry Mantle talks to Melching about her work and mission.

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Molly Melching, founder and creative director of Tostan, a non-governmental organization headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, that promotes sustainable development in Africa