World Pulse gave me gumption

valdeen shears
Posted March 15, 2020 from Trinidad and Tobago

I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to World Pulse for being that force that pushed me to speak out on domestic violence and abuse even when I was too afraid to speak out in my own country.

I wasn't so much afraid of how society would see me, as much as if my abuser would have knowledge of me not only standing up against him, but fighting for the right for others to do the same.

Then I came here and felt that my fight paled in comparison to some and this changed my fears not to courage, but to gumption.

I read of women fighting for the right to an education, of girls demanding that their bodies not be mutilated, of voices shouting for basic amenities, even as life depending as clean water. I knew without a doubt I had joined a sisterhood of individuals who would encourage, inspire, educate and support me and others, even when they lived oceans apart.

This platform not only gave me an avenue to raise my voice, but to draw on my own inner courage.

I mean, think about, it I went from suffering in silence, in a country that is considered a dot on the map, to shouting out my outrage to the world!! And I thought I was a coward.

World Pulse helped me to harness both my profession as a journalist/reporter and my ordeal, marry the two and be a global voice for thousands in my country who are presently like I was...suffering in fearful silence.

I thank World Pulse and its team for being a forum for positive  global change and for continuing to be the silent voice from which we, women, advocates, sisters are heard loudly, clearly across local, regional and international waters.

You have been the global Public Announcement Speakers from which I and thousands of others have been able to speak out of, safely, freely and without persecution. Thank you on behalf of the many voices I hear and faces I see, joined in solidarity against the ills of this world. 

This story was submitted in response to #OurImpact.

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Hello, dear Valdeen,

We feel the same way about World Pulse! We are glad that you found a platform to amplify your voice. Yes, you are courageous like our sisterd here.

We are with you in this journey. Keep raising your voice!

valdeen shears
Mar 15
Mar 15

Thank You

Writing here makes me feel not as alone as I felt while fighting to survive this ordeal.

Stay blessed

Kabahenda
Mar 17
Mar 17

Wonderful!

That is what Wolrd Pulse is all about! I would encourage you to spread the message that this is a safe space where other women like you can find their voice.
Keep up the good work. All the best to you.

Chidimma
Mar 19
Mar 19

Thanks for sharing how you feel and for been able to speak out.

Anita Shrestha
Mar 19
Mar 19

Thank you for sharing

lizzymark
May 03
May 03

Hi Valdeen am glad you found your voice hear and the courage to speak up and not be silent.Sorry about all you went through but thankful you are a crowd today and not just speaking for your self but for others.Yea world pulse has really grown the voices of so many women and still on.Thanks for sharing

Metiege Noel Eve
May 03
May 03

Thanks for sharing and more courage in your efforts to speak out and encourage others.

Chioma Nwaoha
May 03
May 03

Thank you for sharing.