World Pulse

The Future of Security Is Here

Jensine Larsen
Posted September 19, 2019 from United States

This International Day of Peace, hear the powerful perspectives of your World Pulse sisters. 

“The way forward can only be found by listening to those who bear the brunt of these threats and acting on their recommendations.


Last fall, World Pulse joined hands with Our Secure Future and Women's Alliance for Security Leadership to crowdsource your stories, experiences, and expertise in order to democratize peacebuilding and security efforts. The World Pulse community shared more than 150 personal narratives on what peace and security mean to you, and nearly 350 women responded to the survey. 

On this International Day of Peace, we invite you to hear the voices and powerful perspectives of your World Pulse sisters, presented here in the Future of Security Is Women report

Your voices are needed to bring about true global security. When much of the world’s population cannot fulfill their potential due to violence, poverty, ill health, and exclusion from power and decision-making, there will never be true peace and lasting security. The way forward can only be found by listening to those who bear the brunt of these threats and acting on their recommendations.

The insights in this report come from women from over 60 countries. Some respondents, like those in Cameroon, are in the midst of active conflict. Others, like those in the Philippines, are experiencing the immediate threats of climate change. Still more, like those in India, Nepal, Nigeria, the US and more are up against daily threats of harassment, assault, and limitations placed upon them due solely to their gender.

These messages are urgent; these recommendations invaluable. Taken together, they call for nothing less than a fundamental redefinition of global, national, and human security. They also propose practical steps to resolve the complex, interconnected root causes that sabotage it. This reframe is not idealistic. It is realistic. It is not impractical, but sensible and sure.

These recommendations are a compass for governments, businesses, and civil society leaders. Twenty years after the passage of UNSCR 1325, which aims to elevate women’s role in peacemaking, too many women are still on the outside of decision-making and peace tables. Progress will come from genuine inclusion instead of lip service and rhetoric.This report also makes clear that women are powerful agents of change in their own right. Participants in this project shared about the work they are doing on the ground, in their homes, and in local governments to usher in a future that is truly secure. These efforts deserve strengthening and resourcing to hasten peace everywhere.

When you read these recommendations, when you promote their weight and take action, you will be a part of reforming narrow, ineffective security strategies and creating a new, inclusive, and peaceful reality for us all.

 

How to Get Involved

Download the report to read the full study, which includes women's recommendations for addressing security issues and three full length stories from Featured Storytellers.

Explore World Pulse's new Peace and Security hub and connect directly with your World Pulse sisters who are speaking out on peace and security issues every day.

Add your voice to the ongoing conversation. We're always here to listen.

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Wusufor
Sep 19, 2019
Sep 19, 2019

Dear Jensine,
Thank you very much for summarizing this so beautifully for us. I loved this statement that "Progress will come from genuine inclusion instead of lip service and rhetoric."
It's very practical. We must begin to walk the talk than lip service. Excuse me to say that we are all very proud of you here. You rock!

Please I hope you have a great day.
Warm regards
Lizzy

Jensine Larsen
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Thank you Liz for celebrating and uplifting women peacemakers with us and across World Pulse. You are a shining star for our community!

Wusufor
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Thanks very much! You made my head so big when you said: "You are a shining star for our community!" :-). Thanks once again
Hugs

Jill Langhus
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Kudos for the amazing compliment you received, dear. You are definitely appreciated and acknowledged:-)

Wusufor
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Thanks very much. I am just following up your footsteps :-).

Jill Langhus
Sep 27, 2019
Sep 27, 2019

You're very welcome, rising star:-) Thank you:-)

Wusufor
Sep 27, 2019
Sep 27, 2019

Haha :-) rising star indeed hehe.
Thanks

Jill Langhus
Sep 27, 2019
Sep 27, 2019

:-)

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 19, 2019
Sep 19, 2019

Dear Jensine,
The power of World Pulse in creating change is that it is based on the stories that women tell, with the perspective and examples of leadership by women, still so suppressed in mainstream media and government bodies. It is our own headquarters led so brilliantly by you dear Jensine, our Board, our Team, who with such dedication and inspiration take our stories to a more visible and effective level, teaming up with agencies with similar vision and determination. There is such wealth of direction in these many stories you have gathered here, for world leadership forward to real solutions that leave no one behind. Thank you for this, for taking us further toward real change, and for all of the love from you we feel daily as we stay in touch now with each other and continue to build peace and security, through World Pulse.
With deep love and gratitude,
Tam

Jensine Larsen
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Thank you Tam, together we are a warm sanctuary, a vessel for women to reveal their truths and genius to the world.

Anita Shrestha
Sep 19, 2019
Sep 19, 2019

Dear
Thank you very much for sharing.

Jensine Larsen
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Thank you Anita! So glad you are here with us to celebrate women peacemakers!

Anita Shrestha
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Welcome Jensine

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 19, 2019
Sep 19, 2019

Hello, dear Jensine,

I’m reading this today while traveling to Tacloban City. I’m taking the longer route via ferry boat to Ormoc and then ride a van to Tacloban. Both are provinces of Leyte, the part of the Philippines where disasters land mercilessly.

Thank you for amplifying the Philippines’ voice on disasters due climate change. We feel so honored to be part of this report.

I’m glad you posted this. I can show this report to women in Leyte as I meet Ate Paulina and her partners today.

This is how we wish longevity, peace, and prosperity in the Philippines, “Mabuhay ka, World Pulse!”

Jensine Larsen
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

You are a true peacemaker Karen, in the face of disasters, climate crisis and more your voice is so critical to ensure all voices are heard. Love you.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Such uplifting words. Thank you, dear Jensine. I'll continue to document stories regarding disasters and climate change in our country.

ANJ ANA
Sep 19, 2019
Sep 19, 2019

Dear Jensine,
Congratulations, I am thrilled to see The Future of Security is Women report with the voice across the globe. It is so resourceful and will be very helpful for the policymakers, concerned authorities and development partners. It is so valid that without listing to the real inner voice of women and involving them, no peace can be secured properly. Here, I thank you so much for making this inclusive amazing platform, where women across the globe are heard, acknowledged, valued and felt comfortable, thus so happy to be part of it.
Yes, absolutely women are the powerful change agent for the true global security and it deserves strengthening and resourcing for the peace.
love and regards,
anjana

Jensine Larsen
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Anj, we are soul sisters and see eye to eye. I am so honored you are here in our sanctuary, you are the pulse of World Pulse!

ANJ ANA
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Yes sure dear Jensine, thank you, indeed .. proud to be together joining our pulses for raising the louder voice for equality

Jill Langhus
Sep 20, 2019
Sep 20, 2019

Hi there Dear Jensine,

Hope you're having a fab Friday and doing very well?! I'm so glad to see this powerful report being amplified, and also to see the creation of the hub spot, too, so more people can benefit from all the stories and information that lies with both of them. Are there any plans to have a follow up report in the future? It would be so interesting to see how much progress has been made, and what organizations used the report as a potent tool for change and transformation.

Thanks so much for all that you do!

XX

Jensine Larsen
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Jill, such a great point, i know we will continue to share results back to this community as more leaders access these voices for decisionmaking, including some US government individuals which has been reviewing now and it is circulating....and anyone here can also use it as a tool to influence change. This topic is so important i know we will look at doing this again and again.

Jill Langhus
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Thank you!

Great to hear...

FabnFearless Fearless
Sep 20, 2019
Sep 20, 2019

Thank you Jensine for sharing. We do indeed need to walk the walk not just talk. Let's all keep walking together and we'll get there. Wishing you everyone a great day.

Jensine Larsen
Oct 06, 2019
Oct 06, 2019

Thank you love,
I appreciate your comment. We are so glad you are here in World Pulse, we will keep walking together. Every woman has a story, and yours is powerful and as you grow to share it further I know it will help to heal many others. <3

TERESA
Sep 20, 2019
Sep 20, 2019

Dear Jensine,

Bravo!!! Thanks for your effort in trying to unite Women
Worldwide. I support your powerful statement that " Progress will come from genuine inclusion instead of lip service". Time and again you have requested World Pulse Members to identify what challenges they face in Story telling. Over the years.
As a Volunteer in Community Social Work, On daily basis, Community come to me for psycho social support., GBV cases, Persons with Disability (PWSDs), Older Persons etc... I have so may stories related to all these to write online but I am unable to air them due to reasons i have been telling World pulse.

In my understanding, I thought progress will come to my poor Community due to genuine inclusion instead of lip service. Remember I joined World Pulse in 2009 ten Years down the line.

Madam Jensine, Keep it up!!! Please bear with me if I did not understand your statement.
Teresa
Teresia

Jensine Larsen
Oct 06, 2019
Oct 06, 2019

Hi Theresa,
I am honored to hear from you. You are one of the great servants of humanity, and you continue against great odds due to great faith. I believe that our stories help heal, and help bring connection, they may not always bring material progress. This community is a space to do this, and your voice is a bridge for your community. I hope you have heard from other World Pulse Kenya sisters, and are able to make use of the many many resources posted on this platform to apply for opportunities, and also network with others to build new friends and supporters. Keep going my sister, and taking care of yourself, and your generous heart.

Tarke Edith
Sep 20, 2019
Sep 20, 2019

Hello Jensine
I am grateful for the concerned you have towards this peace issue.dear sister peace and security is a right . We have suffer in our own part of the country . just because peace is absent . thank you for earmarking Cameroon . Please let's join our voices together to see how we can fight this ills that are disstrrbelising most part of the world today thanks alot sister.

Jensine Larsen
Oct 06, 2019
Oct 06, 2019

Dear Edith,
I am so honored to hear from you! Thank you for your alive conversations and stories here in World Pulse. I agree with you - it is a right, and you have the right to live in peace. Sadly, you are having to fight for it and the women of Cameroon have created the most solid foundation in this report. We will never stop rising together!

Mojisola Adewumi
Sep 20, 2019
Sep 20, 2019

Dear Jensine ,
Thank you for building the world we need together.
I resonate with this statement:
'The way forward can only be found by listening to those who bear the brunt of these threats and acting on their recommendations'
If trully , we want this social injustice to end now, there is urgent need to focus more on suistainable projects that will have direct impact in the lives of rural community women that needs it most.
Women in the grassroot bears the major brunts of challenges women faced globally.There are wants which every women seek to satisfy in a community, some of these wants are so crucial for their livelihoods . Without meeting these wants,poverty, hunger, gender inequality and insecurity will be difficult to end.

Our top piority at Global 21st Century Entrepreneurs is supporting community-led solutions to challenges women face .

Kind Regards.
Mojisola Adewumi
Founder Global 21st Century Entrepreneur initiatives.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/adewumi-mojisola-ileola-2368a3136

Jensine Larsen
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Dear Mojisola, I agree with you completely. And Wow! Congratulations on founding 21st Century entrpreneur initiatives. We need this, well done my sister.

Mojisola Adewumi
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Dear Jesine,
Many thanks for your continous effort in creating global peace and prosperity.
Kind regards

Anita Shrestha
Sep 21, 2019
Sep 21, 2019

Dear
thank you for sharing

DrSpirit
Sep 21, 2019
Sep 21, 2019

Hello Jensine,

You are doing an excellent job with bringing to light the stories from people around the World. I am new to your incredible community and have accepted the role of Encourager. Your work came to my attention from my interactions with Nina Simmon from Bioneers.org. It is heartwarming to see many examples of Bioneer 's conference presenter products being implemented through World Pulse stories. Biogas and Solar ovens are a couple of those products.

it pleases me to say that I am sharing World Pulse with those that I interact with. My spare time is very limited due to the abuse and oppression I have experienced over the years. Yet power is held in owning who I am and what I am here to do on this planet in this lifetime.

When the time is right I will share my story. Thank you for providing the venue for me to share my voice and support others in this wonderful community.

Abundant Blessings, Dr Liz

Jensine Larsen
Oct 06, 2019
Oct 06, 2019

Dearest Dr. Liz, what an honor to hear from you. And we are absolutely thrilled to have you as an Encourager, I am sure your skills in listening and lifting up others are divine. yes, these tools of transformation are spreading the more women have knowledge and information on how to access them. Yes, when the time is right, and only then .. we will be honored to be a sacred vessel for your story. You will know when it is time. We honor you and the story you carry within you.

Sophie Ngassa
Sep 23, 2019
Sep 23, 2019

Dearest Jensine,
Thank very much for this report. This report comes at the time when we are facing challenging security issue in Cameroon following the ongoing crisis. We are together for better action.
I have been empowered by World Pulse to be resilient.
Warm regards.

Jensine Larsen
Oct 06, 2019
Oct 06, 2019

Sophie, yes, the voices of women from Cameroon were loud and clear in this report - and have formed a united ground for leaders to take seriously. Also, we are honored by your leadership and participation for peace and communicating here. The Cameroon Hub will be another place where the world can hear the women of Cameroon loudly to change the future. Congratulations on your beautiful center. We love you!

MUKABA ZAWADI
Sep 24, 2019
Sep 24, 2019

well said above all this poverty people miss what ate, violence here and there and even wars that never stop we need help

Jensine Larsen
Oct 06, 2019
Oct 06, 2019

Merci Mukaba, the way forward to peace is to listen to women such as yourself who are building the future. When we connect our voices we will break through to make change. You are incredible and we are so glad you are a part of the World Pulse community!

Valérie Gystiane TSEMO
Sep 24, 2019
Sep 24, 2019

C'est un message fort que vous venez de donner là Merci infiniment pour belle synthèse

Jensine Larsen
Sep 25, 2019
Sep 25, 2019

Merci Valerie!

Ndongmanji Eunice
Sep 26, 2019
Sep 26, 2019

Dear Jensine,
Just want to express my gratitude for this wonderful write up. Just as you put it "The way forward can only be found by listening to those who bear the brunt of these threats and acting on their recommendations.” Yes the skill of listening alone must and should be improved upon.

Kind regards
Eunice

Jensine Larsen
Oct 06, 2019
Oct 06, 2019

Eunice, I smiled to receive your message, thank you for your supportive words. It is a joy to have you here in our community, and I know doing so much in your own community for peace during difficult times. We appreciate all you do and they way you also listen and encourage others.

Sumera Reshi
Sep 26, 2019
Sep 26, 2019

Dear Jensine,

That is true the world should listen to those who bear the brunt, else it leads to more conflicts.

Best regards,
Sumera

Jensine Larsen
Oct 06, 2019
Oct 06, 2019

Yes Sumera, and your voice is one that we also must listen to carefully - from Kashmir to Canada, there are too many unheard, and the real story is ready to be shared. Thank you for being a force for change.

Sumera Reshi
Oct 06, 2019
Oct 06, 2019

Dear Ms Larsen,

I am trying best as my people are under 62 days of siege. Whatever I write or post is true and I am here to be the voice of voiceless people not just for Kashmir but for the whole world. We all need to amplify the voices. Silence is no more an option.

Kind regards,
Sumera

Jensine Larsen
Dec 01, 2019
Dec 01, 2019

Dear Sumera, my heart goes out to you. I know it is a heavy and trying time. Your voice is a light that casts truth, and you can have peace that you are not holding this inside but speaking for those who can not. Please take care of yourself in this time firstly. Thinking of you and sending blessings.

Sumera Reshi
Dec 03, 2019
Dec 03, 2019

Dearest Jensine,

Thanks for your support. Your kind words mean a lot to me. WP had been a great support to me. I am suffocating and that is why I posted my poems. Inside I was dying each day. I can't bear atrocities on anyone and my people are under 121 days of siege by India. There is no internet and the voices are hushed up. Even I could talk to my family after 35 days. It is very chaotic. However, posting on WP provided catharsis to me. Thank you so much.
Regards,
Sumera

Anita Shrestha
Nov 24, 2019
Nov 24, 2019

HI Jensine
Today I searched who is world Pulse founder. Finally I got. You are brave woman and powerful speech.

Therefore, I am very happy to meet you.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-YIxJEyBBs
Jensine is an award-winning social media entrepreneur and international journalist is the founder of World Pulse, an action media network powered by 50,000 women from 190 countries. Jensine has pioneered World Pulse magazine, grassroots women's citizen journalism training, and an interactive website that enables women on the ground to speak for themselves and connect to solve global problems -- including those using internet cafes and cell phones from rural villages and conflict zones. With her finger on the pulse of women's voices globally, Jensine speaks around the world, appearing in media and on stages from NPR to TED. In his best selling book, "Half the Sky" New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recommends joining World Pulse as one of the top 4 things you can do in 10 minutes to support women globally.

Jensine Larsen
Dec 01, 2019
Dec 01, 2019

My sister - I am very happy to meet you as well, you are a gift to our global community. I am so impressed by your ability to lift up your sisters and create an encouraging space of love and solidarity. YOU are brave and powerful. I hope to meet you one day!

Anita Shrestha
Dec 02, 2019
Dec 02, 2019

Thank you for your reply. I m impressed from you