Protests fin­ish off Won­der Woman’s UN role

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By THOM­SON REUTERS FOUN­DA­TION in New York

Won­der Woman’s bat­tle for equal­ity for women and girls at the United Na­tions has come to an un­timely end.

The scant­ily-clad, cur­va­ceous comic book su­per­hero has had her ap­point­ment as a UN hon­orary am­bas­sador cut in less than two months fol­low­ing protests.

A UN spokesman said the char­ac­ter’s role at the 193mem­ber state or­ga­ni­za­tion would end on Fri­day de­spite plans for Won­der Woman to be used in an em­pow­er­ment cam­paign for women and girls into 2017.

The move came after the Oct 21 ap­point­ment of the su­per­hero to fight for gen­der equal­ity sparked heavy crit­i­cism, with nearly 45,000 peo­ple sign­ing an on­line pe­ti­tion ask­ing UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon to re­con­sider the se­lec­tion of the char­ac­ter.

The govern­ment is strug­gling to en­force best prac­tice in terms of tourism.” James Har­vey, marine bi­ol­o­gist

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