‘Of course it’s still an enormous challenge to make up for the American funds that have been cut,’ says the minister.
‘But we’re heartened by what we achieved last year.
Tribal custom also plays a role, including the belief that a young bride can be shaped into an obedient wife, bear more children and be kept away from temptation.
The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen and drew the attention of international rights groups seeking to pressure the government to outlaw child marriages.
Legislation that would make it illegal for those under the age of 17 to marry is in serious peril after strong opposition from some of Yemen's most influential Islamic leaders.
She Decides has also supported several programmes covering multiple countries, such as the West African region as a whole.
The Netherlands is spending a total of €29 million on She Decides in 20.