According to available research, religious intolerance in Indonesia has increased between 2015 and 2016.
Born in Poso, Central Sulawesi, Gunawan grew up in this region known for its outbreak of interfaith violence. In order to bring change to the lives of women and children who are heavily affected by the conflict, Gunawan co-founded the Sikola Mombine School that focuses on women leadership. The school aims to transfer knowledge and skills to help women recognize their own potential. Gunawan also founded a literacy community called Kommunitas Poso Babaca through which he campaigns for literacy in conflict affected areas. By doing so, Gunawan breaks destructive patterns, and paves the way for children living in these areas to access education.