Stronger Together

Sherna Alexander Benjamin
Posted March 1, 2021 from Trinidad and Tobago

The onset and presence of COVID-19 tested the strength, leadership, and resilience of women in 2020. However, we learned that collaboration is an imperative part of our advancement. We embraced new paths, pushed against setbacks, cried under our breath, and watched the world look on in wonderment as social, racial and ethnic, economic, and political pre-existing problems emerged to tipping points. We saw inequalities raised their heads, and violence against our fellow sisters spiked. At the same time, we saw women rising from the ashes and hilltops of their experiences to hold up the hands of women and girls left behind. Women they have never met. Women answered the call during COVID-19 as they have been doing decades before, and the future is a bit brighter because women are standing at the center. More and more women are answering the call to embrace their power, support their sisters, realizing that we were born for such a time as this. Together we can stop economies; together, we can transform nations, together our vote counts, and together our voices are powerful. Our space is not on the sidelines nor at the back; our space is at the center, but we cannot get there alone. We live in unprecedented times, and the rapid speed of technological advancements is creating new social, economic, and political realities that impact women worldwide. It is as we come together, honor each other, push each other to advance. Hold space for each other, invest in each other, and celebrate each other's journey. We will be able to authentically create a sustainable future for women to rise and own the future because the future is indeed female. However, it can only be female if we work together and hold each other's hands on the journey. 

This story was submitted in response to #HerStoryMakesHistory.

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Hello, Sherna,

Wow, what a powerful message this is! Yes, we are making a new history together. The pandemic triggered the leaders within us to step up! How moving this is, "More and more women are answering the call to embrace their power, support their sisters, realizing that we were born for such a time as this. Together we can stop economies; together, we can transform nations, together our vote counts, and together our voices are powerful. Our space is not on the sidelines nor at the back; our space is at the center, but we cannot get there alone. "

Thank you for writing this! So uplifting.

jomarieb.earth
Mar 02
Mar 02

Dear Shena,
I hear your call, your outcry and drumbeat of a brighter day. You give us the signal to come out of the shelters, the shadows and put on some makeup and cool outfits, eat some great food, blast some beats and celebrate ourselves. Bravo to the the accomplishments, the movers and the shakers who were unstoppable in spite of it all. The main point is supporting each other. Woman supporting women, no matter where, what, when, who or why can change the moral compass of the world and the trajectory of our flight toward progress. Because basically, from the grass roots of it all, that's what we must have, each other.
Hugs sister...JoMarie

Susu Mohamed
Mar 06
Mar 06

Dear sherna,
How are you doing
You are telling truth we are women strong together we can do together we can solve.
I loved your massage waaaaw.
Baravo sister
Love
Suu

Efe Omordia
Mar 07
Mar 07

Wow Sherna,

The world does look less unkind when women stick together

Every word of encouragement goes a long way

Thanks for the reminder

Phinnie
Mar 08
Mar 08

Sherna--What a profound essay about the positive role of women supporting other women especially during the past year when life has been much more challenging for so many! I love what you say about holding space for each other, investing in each other, and celebrating one another's journey. At World Pulse, we can do exactly that and have a positive impact every day! Thank-you so much for your powerful inspiring words of encouragement! What an exciting journey as we join together with other women across the globe!