30 July 2019
The third year of the Yes I Do Alliance shows good results
The Yes I Do Alliance (YIDA) has again completed a year with good results. The number of child marriages has decreased, alternative ceremonies have been held (instead of female circumcision), trainings have been given and lobbying is progressing. The annual report gives insight into what was achieved last year.
The Yes I Do Alliance started in 2016 and includes Plan International Nederland, Amref Flying Doctors, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, KIT Royal Tropical Institute and Rutgers. In six countries, the problems at the core of female circumcision, child marriage and teenage pregnancy have been jointly addressed. The programme is being carried out in Indonesia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Ethiopia and will run until 2020.
In Kenya, both girls and boys get trained in school to fight and prevent sexual and gender based violence. The training is facilitaed by our Keyan Yes I Do partner Umajaa.
BBC made an item on Kenyan schoolchildren being trained by Umajaa to say no against sexual violence.
Also check the news item Dutch National Youth News ('Jeugdjournaal') made on it. It starts at min 12:26.
300 child marriages annulled
In Malawi half of the girls are married before the age of 18. Malawian senior Chief Mrs. Kachindamoto featured prominently in the media as she annulled over 300 child marriages. The traditional leader applied a law which forbids marriage before girls are 18 and sent the girls back to school.