Peace Village Journey
The first phase (2017-2019) of the Peace Village initiative received strong support from Indonesian President Joko Widodo. As a result, ten villages in Indonesia declared themselves ‘Peace Villages,’ demonstrating a strong commitment of the village stakeholders to achieving pre-developed indicators of a peaceful village with women’s leadership and active participation.
As a follow-up to this work, UN Women, in close collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Indonesia, strengthened the Peace Village initiative under the Guyub Project (2019-2022) in the second phase. UN Women led the work to deepen the substantive work in the existing four Peace Villages in East Java – Prancak, Sidomulyo, Candirenggo, and Guluk-Guluk. During this phase, the project focused on developing the Peace Village Action Plans driven by the women-led working group (Pokja), better aligning the project with local government efforts toward building social cohesion and adding new components on women’s access to justice.
Since then, UN Women has worked closely with Wahid Foundation to deepen and expand the Peace Village Concept with increased support from various donors and partners at the regional and country levels to empower women to build peaceful and resilient communities and support a gender-responsive approach to conflict prevention.
To date, 20 villages have declared themselves as ‘Peace Villages’. Furthermore, Indonesia’s National Counter Terrorism Agency (BNPT) stated that they consider the Peace Villages model a concrete programme action to promote community resilience, which is key for the implementation of implementing the National Action Plan on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism that leads to Terrorism 2020–2024.
Watch the mini-documentary to learn more about the impact of Peace Village in East Java: