child marriage (photo Stephanie Sinclair)

Yes I Do

Yes I Do is a strategic alliance of five organisations that strives for a future in which girls (and their communities, and nations) are no longer subjected to the debilitating and poverty-inducing impacts of child marriage, female genital mutilation/cutting and unwanted teenage pregnancies.

Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia
Asia: Indonesia
ObjectiveTo stop child marriages, teenage pregnancies and female genital mutilation/cutting
Target groupTeenage girls and boys
Length of programme2016-2020
Partner organisations


Amref Flying Doctors
Choice for Youth and Sexuality
KIT Royal Tropical Institute
Plan Nederland (coordinator)

group of young Ehtiopisch girls (Photo: Jeroen van Loon)Inaction is not an option

The figures are disconcerting; inaction is not an option.

Child marriage affects nearly 70 million girls in the world. In developing countries, one in three girls marry before the age of 18 and 7.3 million teenagers become pregnant every year. Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are among the leading causes of death among girls aged 15-19. Between 100 and 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting, with 3 million girls at risk every year. 

Sadly, due to the conflation of several factors, international condemnation of such violations have failed to completely arrest these harmful practices. 

Moving forward through evidence-based research and awareness raising

The Yes I Do research and awareness-raising activities are guided by five complementary pathways of change. All together, these pathways are expected to reduce child marriages, female genital mutilation, and teenage pregnancies. In brief, these pathways seek to advance:

  • Behavioural change of community and 'gate keepers'. 
  • Meaningful engagement of adolescent girls and boys in claiming for their SRHR.
  • Taking informed action on their sexual health.
  • Alternatives to the practice of child marriages, female genital mutilation, and teenage pregnancies through education and economic empowerment.
  • Responsibility and political will of policy makers and duty bearers to develop and implement laws toward the eradication of these practices. 

Watch the Yes I Do animation.

Main role Rutgers

Rutgers plays a main role in promoting engagement of boys and (young) men for gender transformative approaches, as well as the design of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) modules that address child marriage (CM), teenage pregnancies (TP) and female genital mutilation /cutting (FGM/C). Furthermore we will play a role in lobby and advocacy. 

The alliance of all the partners working together maintains that deeply rooted gender inequalities and social norms must be transformed for girls to enjoy their full freedoms. The alliance members have committed themselves to a five-year initiative.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports this programme.  

Read more

Find out more about the Yes I Do programme in our corporate brochure.

Read about the impact of the Yes I Do programme in these Stories of Change

On our resources page you can find more information.