UN defends Wonder Woman campaign
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. –