PEACE VILLAGE: Women-led initiative to promote peaceful and resilient communities in Indonesia
Date: 11 May 2022
Since 2017, UN Women has partnered with the Wahid Foundation to develop the “Peace Village” concept on Indonesia’s Java Island. Recognizing economic empowerment as a foundation for change, the Peace Village initiative promotes women's voice and agency, increases women’s access to economic opportunities, and builds their capacity to resolve communal conflict. In Peace Villages, women also sit with their local government to explore and identify ways to promote tolerance and sustain peace in their village and push for change in village government policy and processes. This community-based approach fosters mutual understanding, social cohesion, and peace in the village for all.
In particular, four Peace Villages in East Java are piloting approaches established on global human security principles to build resilience within the community. Supported by UN Women and the Wahid Foundation under the Guyub Project, the villages of Prancak, Sidomulyo, Candirenggo, and Guluk-Guluk evidence strong outcomes and impacts stemming from the empowerment and inclusion of women.
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