The report states that “widespread and mostly underreported gender based violence, including rape and domestic violence, continued across the country in 2018.”
It was that moment at the Miss South Africa pageant that inspired Tunzi’s national costume at Miss Universe, where she took home the crown on Sunday night
“We have had such a huge number of women missing, women dying every day, getting raped, getting killed,” Tunzi told Insider. “So in that moment I thought to myself, ‘Actually, there’s nothing happening at the moment to make us smile.’ And I did kind of end it off by saying, ‘We need to start speaking to the perpetrators and challenging them to do better when it comes to taking care of women and treating women better.’”
After she was crowned Miss South Africa in August, Tunzi knew she wanted to incorporate that very challenge into her journey to Miss Universe.
“I thought to myself, I used that platform – let me not let it die there,” she recalled. “Let me extend it and say, ‘I challenged you men, so I challenge you a bit further to show love to women, to show your support instead of going the violent way that we’ve been
It’s a societal issue,” she added. “And we all need to work on it together to see it come to an end.”
One of the letters that particularly stuck out to Tunzi recognized this, she said. A man had written to her: “I hope the messages that you get are not about women being strong, because we must stop telling women to be strong, even when they don’t need to be strong, because of us.”
“I think that one touched me a lot because, that’s a compliment that people like to give to women, ‘Oh, you’re so strong,”‘ Tunzi said. “But we don’t have to be strong all the time. The reason why we go through a lot of things is because people think we’re strong and we can handle it. People think they can abuse women, they can handle