South Africa’s Miss SA runner-up, Bryoni Govender, has launched a women advocacy campaign named Her Way Out as she is set to make history representing her country at the 72nd Miss Universe pageant in El Salvador on November 18. Govender, a law graduate from Kempton Park, Gauteng, will be the first person of Indian heritage to represent South Africa at this prestigious international event since Miss SA 1997 Kerishnie Naiker.
Her Way Out Campaign-A women’s advocacy campaign by Bryoni Govender
In addition to her beauty and intelligence, Bryoni Govender is on a mission to be an ambassador for women’s rights. She has launched a countrywide advocacy campaign called “Her Way Out.”
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The primary goal of this campaign is to champion the cause of women everywhere and educate them about their legal rights. As a lawyer herself, Bryoni will make her education and a calling close to her heart work hand in hand.
Disturbing statistics reveal that South Africa’s femicide rate is five times the global average, and the country ranks first in rapes per capita, according to a United Nations report.
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Bryoni has partnered with the Social Impact team at the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. The firm has offices in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town. Together, they will focus on access to justice projects and other initiatives.
Empowering Women: A cause close to her heart
Bryoni Govender is also now an ambassador for the public benefit organization, Lawyers against Abuse (LvA). It which is dedicated to ensuring meaningful access to justice for victims of gender-based violence. They provide legal services and psychosocial support while empowering communities and engaging national authorities.
In a press release, Bryoni expressed her belief that knowledge is the key to women’s empowerment. She stated,
“Together with these legal powerhouses, I will travel across South Africa, visiting courthouses and legal clinics, schools, and rural community halls—anywhere that I can address women and help them understand their basic rights and enable them to make informed choices about their lives. What stops women from being empowered and from taking charge of their own destiny? I believe that the answer is simple: Knowledge, or a lack thereof. I want to empower all women, no matter the issue, from those battling gender-based violence, pensioners, women with health problems, professional women, mothers, grandmothers, and daughters.”
Bryoni Govender’s commitment to women’s rights through the “Her Way Out” campaign will significantly impact South African women. It will give them the knowledge and support they need to take control of their lives and destinies.