It is because of these reasons that the Yes I Do Alliance has trained hundreds of young people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Indonesia to become peer educators. Functioning as role models, these youngsters are then well-positioned to broach sensitive issues, like child marriages, with their peers. Siti also attended these trainings, which is what spurred her to try to help her girlfriend.
In the context of the Yes I Do Alliance, Plan International Nederland collaborates with Rutgers, Amref Flying Doctors, Choice for Youth and Sexuality, KIT Royal Tropical Institute and the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs to tackle gender inequality, poverty and the flouting of girls’ rights. These lie at the heart of problems such as child marriages and teenage pregnancies. The programme started in 2016 and runs till the end of 2020, and is being implemented in Indonesia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Ethiopia.