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Hearing with Sumenep’s Regent, Wahid Foundation and Peace Village Task Force in Three Villages Hope that Peace Village Program can be Developed in Sumenep Regency

After the success of the development of Peace Village program in three villages in Sumenep regency, which are in Guluk-Guluk, Prancak, and Payudan Dundan Village, Wahid Foundaiton hopes that the Sumenep Regent can adopt the program and turn it into an exemplary pilot program for woman empowerment in Sumenep regency, as informed by Ulfa, Wahid Foundation Regional Coordinator of Sumenep, East Java, during the hearing with the Regent of Sumenep Regency, Achmad Fauzi, in his office on Monday (13/04/2021).

Peace Village Program has been ongoing for 4 years in three villages in Sumenep regency, and produced several outcomes from women economy empowerment, which are Patola fish chips by Payundan Dundang Peace Village Task Force, coffee and chili chips by Prancak Village Task Force, and corn chips by Guluk-Guluk Village Task Force.

“Peace Village program has three approaches, which are economic empowerment, peace building mechanism, and women role strengthening,” explained Ulfa during her presentation on Peace Vilalge program for Achmad Fauzi, Sumenep Regent.

On this program, Ulfa explained, economic empowerment and women role strengthening program aim to empower women for economic interdependence, and to train their confidence and leadership. This was in line with Gus Dur’s statement, “Peace without justice is mere an illusion, and peace will not be fulfilled if our belly is not yet full,” Ulfa explained.

For Wahid Foundation, women empowerment in village level Is the key to detect and prevent social conflict. This has been implemented by Prancak Task Force that has assembled a task force to respond every potential conflict and accompany the victim. Furthermore. Payudan Dundang tas force has also implemented this method to prevent child marriage and to provide legal aid for the victim of domestic violence.

In response with this report, Sumenep Regent, Achmad Fauzi, responed positively towards the participant of the hearing and the Peace Village program. He stated that he Peace Village program is able to solve the problem that are faced by the Sumenep people, which is the lack of women empowering program.

“Women empowerment is weakly implemented in the regency, and the intervention is minimum. Now, we require the teamwork with our partners to face the issue,” Explained Achmad Fauzi as he opened the discussion session during the hearing.

He explained several major issue that often occurred in the community, such as children dropping out from school, and many of them decided to get married. In line with the statement, according to research, child marriage is one of the causes of domestic violence.

“Wahid Foundation and Peace Vilalge program contributes in the prevention of children school dropout and underage marriage,” said Fauzi as he explained the issues that Sumenep currently facing.

He believes that women empowerment is an urgent issue, as the majority of gender population is female. He also believes that women empowerment can contribute to economic growth and the development of human resources, especially for women.

Wahid Foundation Peace Village Program that has been ongoing since 2017 has contributed to the region’s development, as the program is in accordance with National Action Plan for the Prevention and Countering of Terrorism and Action Plan for the Empowerment and Protection of Women and Children in Social Conflict. Other than that, Peace Village Program is one of the aim of Sustainable Development Goals in gender equality and each village’s vision and mission.

In the future, Sumenep Regent will invite Wahid Foundation and the Task Forces from the three villages after the new relevant data on women issues in Sumenep is gathered to construct the partnership plan with the Sumenep regency.

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