A Message from the Director

The ‘Peace Village’ movement involves village residents in establishing a village that applies the values of peace whilst having economic independence. This movement will develop programs to empower village women to improve their family’s income. They can stay at home and care for their children, while also running a small business to financially support their families.

The women will also be equipped with the capacity to implement the values of peace in their respective environments, so that their communities are not easily provoked by conflicts of intolerance and violence. Furthermore, the women will also have an ability to detect conflicts of intolerance and violence in its early stages. In this way, the women's groups become key actors in building peace.

A declaration becomes the initial stage of program implementation or affirmation of commitments of the village and its residents, including the village head, the community leaders, the interfaith leaders and  other related parties to maintain and foster tolerance and peace in their community.

Economic intervention is absolutely necessary. Through an economic approach, this program aims to slowly bind  the people together and to make them communicate with each other. This movement seeks to blend diverse groups into a community so that they can greet each other in their daily lives. By doing this, they will develop an understanding that they are actually the same., We can create tolerance among them, without having to be too  theoretical.

 

Yenny Zannuba Wahid

Director of Wahid Foundation