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National Library of Trinidad and Tobago

As a woman the national library has become a place where I have been able to access the computer and the internet to be able to get information, share information and collaborate with groups on issues of gender equality, the prevention of abuse and domestic violence and it has been a safe place for me in many situations.

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kellyannaustin's picture

If you haven't done so

If you haven't done so already, would you want to map this site for us? It would be so appreciated! You can go here to do so:



Sherna Alexander's picture

Mapped site

Dear Kelly,
After I published to the journal I went and mapped this site.

"Breaking the Silence is not a popular choice, it is the right choice"
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."
Elie Wiesel

Tam's picture

Dear Sherna, I love libraries

Dear Sherna,

I love libraries for all of the reasons you have written about, and I am so glad to know that you are there, and have a beautiful library, available to you in so many ways. Libraries offer safe, public havens especially for women escaping from violence, who need access to information, and safe places to meet in community. How great that we can all be in touch with you through this one. I appreciate very much your quotation about Breaking the Silence. It is a subject still so resisted. Finally more and more of us insist on speaking, and now we are also finding each other, all over the world.

With Love in Sisterhood,


Idara's picture


Hi Sherna,

Your description of the library is far fetched from what is obtainable in the libraries around my community and indeed my country.

I love the library, but in my country the libraries are so worse than archives, the internet doesn't seem to work there, electricity supply in the library are short.

The internet cafes which would have been better in sharing of information but then these days people are more committed to their phones and other private information sharing spaces.

Maybe in the future our libraries would be better equipped.


Fiona J McKenzie's picture


Hi Sherna,

The brevity of this piece made me turn to your profile and read some of your other entries. I was right to do so because the fact that you found safety in a library is such a revealing detail. Your personal story is extraordinary and very powerful. I read your speech and was extremely moved.

For me, libraries have always been magical places - repositories of minds from the past, stories, information, the starting point for many journeys. I'm glad that you have given recognition to the importance of these places and I'm glad that this library has been a place to re-source yourself.

With very best wishes,


Fiona McKenzie

Marah Mbine Ngole Epie's picture

Thank You!

Hi Sherna!
Nice to know you are using the library. You say the library space has been a safe place for you in many situations. Can you throw more light on that?
Warm up and keep on, you're on track!

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