Michelle Obama uppmärksammade Tostans arbete i ett tal om flickors utbildning.

”Tostan brings together communities in Africa to assess barriers to girls’ education and other issues. The communities work to develop their own plan of action: a plan that meets their needs and is in accordance with their values. As a result of this  program, 7000 communities have publicly announced that they are abandoning child/forced marriage and female genital cutting.”

Talet  hölls på Brookings Institution event  ”Mobilizing for Children’s Rights, Supporting Local Leaders and Improving Girls’ Education,” December 12, 2014.