Wonder Woman named a special UN ambassador, despite protests
Oct 23 2016 by Kristina Bennett
I know this because she lives in me.
The initiative, dubbed "All the Wonders We Can Do", will focus on gender equality and women's empowerment, one of the UN's global goals for the next 15 years.
Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston and she first appeared in 1941. Especially considering Wonder Woman's revealing costume. "Wonder Woman helps being out the inner strength every woman has".
Several dozen United Nations employees, one holding a sign saying "Women deserve a real ambassador", staged a silent protest in the U.N.'s visitor's lobby as the ceremony was held. "Wonder Woman is a fighter, better than most", the actress declared, adding, "But it's what she fights for that is imporant". Watching them all beam up at the larger-than-life superhero, brimming with confidence, it's easy to see why Wonder Woman will make a great ambassador for young women the world over.
The next leader will be Antonio Guterres of Portugal, even though many had hoped a woman would take the helm for the first time.
It is not that Wonder Woman does not possess inspirable qualities or that she would not be a good role model for a certain type of woman, but for her to be the beacon of the empowerment of all women and girls on the planet, as not only white but symbolic of the US, which is not even where she is from, is unrepresentative of the majority of women who inhabit the world. She says a big issue is the timing. As the U.N.'s materials pointed out, 60% of the world's illiterate people are female, so it's ironic that so many can't engage with her outside of TV or films.
The DC comic-book heroine turns 75 this year.
"If the United Nations would like a list of incredible extraordinary women that would formidably carry out this role, we could surely be able to come up with a list from which the Secretary-General could choose".
The Woman SG campaign also called for the cancellation of the appointment and urged a public inquiry into the process that led to the appointment of Wonder Woman. "Why should a cartoon represent any of us?"
Gallach, the United Nations communications chief, said she was aware of such views, but that what mattered more than Wonder Woman's appearance were "the values and substance that she will represent". She will front a campaign with the theme: "Think of all the wonders we can do".
"And to that, you say what?"
[Maher] Nasser says his team worked closely with artists at DC Comics to tone down the image that will be used in the United Nations campaign. But then again, it is about the empowerment of women.
There ceremony was attended by DC's Jim Lee, Geoff Johns and John Ficarra, along with long time Wonder Woman artist Phil Jimenez and a room full of girl scouts, some of them in Wonder Woman tiaras.
He said the photos of her "flying" were the hardest because they had to be done in such a strategic manner.
Several UN members, activists and critics have decried the designation, arguing that the UN ambassador role should have been awarded to an actual woman, especially after seven women were cut out of the running to be the upcoming Secretary General.