Zozibini Tunzi is calling on the country to join in on a TikTok dance challenge aimed at fighting Gender-based violence in South Africa. 

We have known for some time that Zozibini Tunzi has the power to influence the masses and she proved it once again this weekend when she launched a dance challenge with a special cause. Miss Universe used her platform to support a new song aimed at fighting women and children abuse during this year’s 16 Days of Activism. 

Can you dance like Zozibini Tunzi? 

Zozibini partnered up with TikTok as she took over the platform to urge South Africans to join an important initiative. The mobile platform partnered up with insurance provider 1st For Women and Zozibini had the honour of announcing a challenge like no other – powered by the two platforms. The #MyBodyStandUp challenge invited celebrities and content creators from across the country to raise awareness about gender-based violence in South Africa.

Zozibini also expressed her excitement at working with powerhouses including Lira, Marichan, Goodluck’s Juliet Harding and Gigi Lamayne. The four musicians teamed up with the brands above to record and release a new single titled “My Body” – a conscious song decrying the effects of abuse and gender-based violence in South Africa.

Zozi then invited everybody viewing the video to lend their support to the fight against abuse by joining in on the challenge themselves and the response was overwhelming. Take a look below: 

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@tiktok.southafricaWe are challenging you to stand up to woman abuse with 1st for women and the #MyBodyStandUp challenge♬ original sound – TikTok South Africa

@mpho_pink#mybodystandup Help stop women abuse by streaming this sound and raise awareness. All the proceeds will go to 1st for women foundation♬ My Body (Stand Up) – Lira, GoodLuck, Gigi Lamayne ft Mariechan

@gigi_lamayne#MyBodystandUp I nominate you to join me ! Check out the hashtag #MyBodyStandUp and let’s spread the word! More streams, more women are helped.♬ My Body (Stand Up) – Lira, GoodLuck, Gigi Lamayne ft Mariechan

 

Zozi’s fight against GBV 

Zozibini Tunzi has always been an active citizen in the fight against abuse, even before she won the titles of Miss Universe and Miss South Africa. As her influence has grown in the past few years, so has her desire to end what Cyril Ramaphosa describes as our “second pandemic”. 

While some public figures prefer to stay out of politics, Zozibini has never shied away from speaking candidly about what we need to do in order to bring abusers to task. Most notably she, made the world stand up and pay attention to the gravity of the matter when she was on the Miss South Africa stage where she said: 

“We have absolutely no reason to keep smiling because the country’s women are dying every day and mostly people are doing nothing about it. It is not up to us; it’s up to perpetrators to start doing right.”

It’s a topic she has continued to address and in an interview with the usually light-hearted Trevor Noah, Zozibini was able to still share her serious sentiments about the scourge of violence against women across the world.

Will you be taking part in Zozibini Tunzi’s dance challenge to help end gender-based violence?

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