It has been barely three months since a ceremony was held to appoint Wonder Woman as the United Nations’ honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. Today, however, her stint in that position has come to an abrupt end.
For those who do not know Wonder Woman, she is actually a fictional female superhero and many people had been unhappy at her becoming a UN ambassador. In October when the ceremony was held for her appointment, UN staff members protested against the appointment both inside the event and in the lobby of the building.
A petition was also created by “Concerned United Nations staff members” asking the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon to reconsider the appointment. The petition which cited concerns about her ‘sexualized image’ and also projected that she was not culturally representative or sensitive, got over 1,180 signatures in under a week.
The protests of the dissenters seem to have achieved its aim as Wonder Woman has been dropped by the UN as the ambassador for empowering girls and women. At the end, over 44,000 people signed the petition.
For a fictional character, Wonder Woman’s appointment by the UN is actually record-breaking. A character from the video game Angry Birds only served as climate change ambassador for a single day in March.
Warner Bros and DC Entertainment speaking about the disengagement said that they have been “extremely pleased” with the partnership’s role in raising awareness of the empowerment of women and girls.
A spokeswoman for the two said that;
“Wonder Woman stands for peace, justice and equality, and for 75 years she has been a motivating force for many and will continue to be long after the conclusion of her UN honorary ambassadorship.”
Other fictional characters who have been given honorary roles by the UN include Winnie the Pooh as the honorary ambassador for friendship in 1997, and Tinkerbell as the honorary ambassador for “green” to promote environmental awareness in 2009.
Maybe now that Wonder Woman has been dropped, the UN will actually put a real-life woman to champion the cause of women and girls all over the world.