Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular- but one must take it simply because it is right. - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
Sherna Alexander Benjamin is known as the Founder and President of O.A.B.I.: Organization for Abused and Battered Individuals. She is by proffession a Victims Advocate and Leadership trainer with an emphasis on Abuse prevention, training and human development. In August of 2014 she was given a national youth award by The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development for placing first in the 'Youth Alley' category.
Many call her a visionary, Unsung Hero, Humble Servant, a social activist for the poor and marginalized. She is termed the voice for the voiceless. Sherna is also an active humanitarian, blogger, and one of the most open and frank survivours in her country.
She launched 'The Innocence Project Initiative' in her country to bring national awareness to the abuse and death of children, women and men. She also holds the position of vice president of the Starlite for Humanity Foundation and networks with Break the Silence: end child sexual abuse among many others.
In 2015 she aims to launch a 24 hour rescue and a prevention and training center for victims which will also train the public and proffesionals, hopefully this center would be used as a model for the Caribbean and Latin America.
She firmly believes in educating the public and families in regards to child abuse, domestic violence and abuse, sexual assault, bullying, and gender equality. For being a human being must never hurt.
Sherna believes we can help reduce the aforementioned by prevention intervention strategies beyond brochures, awareness, education, one on one communication, and before and after care.
She has done various speaking engagements, training sessions, workshops, community outreach, media and press interviews, networking and she continues to seek for ways to partner with individuals and organizations for the enhancing of the work and the rescuing of victims of abuse.
Sherna is also passionate about the arts, film production and sports and sees these as tools and avenues which can help empower individuals, change lives and
My Vision for the Future
Facilitating the environment for the dissemination of education, training, and information which will change negative social norms and behaviors, while encouraging and fostering equality, justice, tolerance and acceptance with a reduction of gender base violence, abuse, and poverty.
My Topic Interests
- Economic Empowerment
- Gender-based Violence
- Human Rights
- Men and Boys
- Technology & Innovation
My Region Interests
- Asia Pacific
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- Middle East and North Africa
- North America
- South and Central Asia
- Sub-Saharan Africa