Peace Village: Women-led Initiative to Promote Peaceful and Resilient Communities in Indonesia

UN Women partnered with the Wahid Foundation to develop the “Peace Village” concept on Indonesia’s Java Island. To become a Peace Village, the village has to agree to a set of commitments designed to prevent violence, promote tolerance, and advance social cohesion. 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.


a group of women pose with their surfboards on the beach

ISLAND VOICES: Vanuatu’s new wave of female surfers

In the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, young women are taking their long boards to the water, refusing to accept the idea that surfing is only for men.

Risma has been surfing since a very young age and, in the face of the challenges that come with being a woman pioneer in a male-dominated sport, she has reached a highly competitive level, and is inspiring a new generation of girls and young women to ride the waves.


Maria Kolesnikova

In Kyrgyz Republic, a young activist uses data to take on air pollution

Maria Kolesnikova is an environmental activist and director of MoveGreen, an organization that works to monitor and improve air quality in the Central Asian region. Under her leadership, MoveGreen developed an app that collects data every 20 minutes on the concentration of pollutants in the air in the two largest cities in Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek and Osh.

Portrait of Korka Diaw

Women, vital in Senegalese agriculture

Korka Diaw is a Senegalese farmer. She leads REFAN, the Network of Women Farmers in the North of Senegal, which empowers women and fights poverty through agriculture. In this story, she talks about adapting to COVID-19 and climate change.

Avani Awasthee

Avani Awasthee, climate activist, polar explorer

"I embarked on the journey to Antarctica in 2016, with like-minded people from across the world who had come together to find solutions to fight climate change. I was the youngest person to have ever done so. If I could do that, anybody can," said Avani Awasthee (23), who represented India on the International Antarctic Expedition in 2016.