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can hear the roar of women’s silence,” said Thomas Sankara,
the former President of Burkina Faso.
It is this roar that singer, songwriter and activist Sasha Romano
wants to cultivate with the launch of her self-funded NGO, Women
Empowerment Centre—Women of the Word in Zion’s Army (Wowza) on June
3 at the Living Word Christian Centre in San Fernando.
But the 36-year-old mother of one says the roar is not about marching
around with placards and shouting about what women want.
“No, not this time. This time we want to deal with the inner woman. We
want to help her find herself again, who she is, her capabilities, her passions.
And more importantly, we want to help her understand why she may have
made poor choices in her life, so that she can embrace her future as a wise
and circumspect woman.”
She said too many times we focus on building the outward woman when
that will only be a mask and it’s what’s inside that needs the attention and
is desperate for healing.
“No amount of labels, titles, education, degrees, et cetera, can heal you.
Nor can it take away what’s going on inside. The best you always shines from
Romano, who speaks proudly of being a born-again Christian, explained
the initiative began a few years ago when she would meet with other women
for intercessory prayer. It was being delivered from the life she once lived.
She developed a passion and drive to see others freed from whatever held
them in bondage.
However, setbacks came, but in hindsight, for perhaps good reason, Ro-
mano said. This year, she said, everything came full circle. She spoke of her
inner searching as she watched the crime situation grow in the country, now
not only affecting gang members but also children, upstanding citizens, and
even the sudden out lash to women. It all led Romano to tell herself: “Enough
She began by first creating a homework centre for children operated out
of her home, where she provides a safe space for care while learning. From
the centre she says she also leads her 14 students in the word of God, en-
suring their foundations are built on sturdy ground with what she describes
as sound principles.
Wowza’s mission in-
cludes the repair of re-
women and men, es-
pecially in light of
the many domestic
violence cases in
which women have
lost their lives. Ro-
mano said some-
thing has clearly
gone wrong in
the way that
and women re-
being our com-
and not our opponent. For far too
long a divide has been evident be-
tween man and woman. It is biblical
for man and woman to work together
and co-exist. And one of my aims is to
bridge that obvious gap through prayer
and supplication that brings revelation and
the answers we need to solve problems,” said
She reiterated the importance of women
knowing themselves from an inward place
which then creates the outward shell that at-
tracts the right things.
“We know about the law of energy and it was
first said in the Bible that whatsoever a man
thinks in his heart of himself, then so shall he
be. There are many broken women dealing with
all kinds of unimaginable things, and there is a
constant void that needs to be filled, and most
times, because of how we see ourselves and think
of ourselves as women, we attract what we do not
need. That has to change, ” Romano said.
“Before we can even think about relationships and
marriage, healing must take place; otherwise, even if
the right attraction comes, we can cause it much hurt
and pain. And then the cycle continues, as hurting people
hurt people. There is need for wholeness. If that does not
happen, then it is easy to fall away again. This is no run-of-
the-mill type women’s centre... Wowza is treating with your
‘inside you’. That is where we are going to do all the work.
As the Spirit leads, the reconstructing, reconfiguration and
restoration of the soul (mind) will take place.”
• For more information on Wowza, call 327-1032
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“This time we want to deal with the inner
woman. We want to help her find herself
again, who she is, her capabilities, her
passions. And more importantly, we want
to help her understand why she may have
made poor choices in her life, so that she
can embrace her future as a wise and
— Sasha Romano
Wowza Centre is
bring out the
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