VOF Resources

Sherna Alexander Benjamin
Posted April 4, 2016 from Trinidad and Tobago

My Laptopis one of my personal resources, the use of it has allowed me to connect to the internet to use my voice for change, to share with the local, regional and international community the challenges which women and girls are faced with.

The use of it has allowed me to push for change, connect with wonderful change makers across the globe so much so that some of those connections moved from virtual space to a physical space in a face to face meeting. It facilitates the environment for empowerment for me and connected me with World Pulse.

Through World Pulse I can connect with a wider community, share resources, seek resources, and share my voice, be trained and empowered enough to train others and have the ability to develop as a leader on a global scale.

I have a strange relationship with my laptop, we cry together, she helps me to smile at my mistakes, always send someone to help me up when I feel weary and weak, and she provides for me when I have nothing, encourages me to do better, be better and be a change maker and leader for the future.

But more so, she offers me hope, hope that I can sit in Trinidad and Tobago and through World Pulse connect with a sisterhood so strong and determined that I am often amazed, I can have a chat with one of my sisters in Africa, Skype with a sister in Canada, email with an adviser in the US, meet with my Mentor to guide me, welcome new community members, reach out to members of the GBV group and connect with wonderful members of the World Pulse staff.

She allows me to take a VOF 2016 journey with 29 other wonderful women leaders a journey which has greatly impacted my life and one which I will never forget. But more so it allows me to hold public officials accountable, highlight not only my story but the stories of those who are forgotten because death may have laid them low, it allows me to tell the stories of the children whose voices are stripped and it allows me to be educated virtually.

OH Yes! My laptop and I do have a strange relationship but we are bound by a code of honour, dedication and purpose and I am happy to have her by my side for she serves me well.

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Rahmana Karuna
Apr 05, 2016
Apr 05, 2016

Thank you Sherna, reading your story gives me inspiration to reach out more

Sherna Alexander Benjamin
Apr 15, 2016
Apr 15, 2016

Thank you for reading your thoughts inspire. 

helen.ng
Apr 05, 2016
Apr 05, 2016

Hello Sherna,

Thank you for sharing your experiences with the community and emphasizing how your relationship with technology has helped you in making a difference. It's so nice to hear how you were able to use your laptop to connect with others from all around the world to voice your concerns and foster awareness surrounding challenges with with women and girls must face every day. 

With warm wishes,

Helen Ng

Sherna Alexander Benjamin
Apr 15, 2016
Apr 15, 2016

Helen,

My laptop is one of my greatest assets and without it all this would not be possible. Thank you for your kind words. Sherna

Pushpa Achanta
Apr 08, 2016
Apr 08, 2016

Dear Sherna,

Hi. I enjoyed reading this and believe that women, girls and gender minorities should be active online while knowing the relevant challenges. May your writing encourage others while strengthening your efforts.

Warmly,

Pushpa

Sherna Alexander Benjamin
Apr 15, 2016
Apr 15, 2016

Thank you Pushpa,

For your encouragement and I wish all women all over the world can have a laptop, use of the internet and another technological device. Thank you once again for the kind words. Sherna