UN de­fends Won­der Wo­man cam­paign

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE United Na­tions has de­fended the choice of comic book char­ac­ter Won­der Wo­man to lead a cam­paign for the em­pow­er­ment of girls fol­low­ing crit­i­cism that the choice was de­mean­ing to women.

UN Secretary Gen­eral Ban Ki­moon is due to at­tend a cer­e­mony on Oc­to­ber 21 to of­fi­cially des­ig­nate Won­der Wo­man as the UN hon­orary am­bas­sador for the em­pow­er­ment of women and girls.

The an­nounce­ment came a few days af­ter An­to­nio Guter­res, the former prime min­is­ter of Por­tu­gal, was cho­sen to be the next secretary gen­eral, dis­ap­point­ing women’s groups who had cam­paigned for the first wo­man to be ap­pointed the world’s diplo­mat-in-chief.

“It’s ridicu­lous,” said Shazia Rafi, one of the lead­ers of the She4SG cam­paign and a former secretary gen­eral of Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans for Global Ac­tion.

“The cam­paign for women’s em­pow­er­ment is rep­re­sented by a car­toon when there are so many re­al­life women who could have been cho­sen,” she said.

Ms Rafi is push­ing for a boy­cott of the event, de­mand­ing that Won­der Wo­man be dropped.

UN spokesper­son Stephane Du­jar­ric hit back at the crit­i­cism, say­ing the choice of Won­der Wo­man was sim­ply an at­tempt to reach younger au­di­ences.

“In or­der to reach young peo­ple, in or­der to reach au­di­ences out­side this build­ing, we need to be creative,” he told re­porters. –

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