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Wonder Woman, UN's Equality Ambassador, Axed After Uproar

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The U.N. has decided to end Wonder Woman's ambassadorship for women's empowerment. (Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 06:33 AM

Wonder Woman is no longer a U.N. equality champion after the U.N. ended its campaign with the comic book heroine less than two months after appointing her as the "honorary ambassador to promote messages about women’s empowerment and gender-based violence."

After a 2015 analysis found nine of 10 senior leadership jobs were occupied by men, the United Nations’ initial decision to make Wonder Woman the face of the campaign was heavily influenced by critics who alluded to the lack of gender diversity in senior roles.

When the U.N. appointed Wonder Woman in October, there was a great deal of backlash and a petition against their decision that gathered nearly 45,000 signatures.

“It is alarming that the United Nations would consider using a character with an overly sexualized image at a time when the headline news in United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls,” the petition said.

The U.N. has announced the Wonder Woman campaign will end Friday but didn’t give an explanation why.

DC Entertainment, which owns the Wonder Woman title, issued a statement saying it was “extremely pleased with the awareness that this partnership brought.”

The company also said it believes the partnership elevated “the global conversation around the empowerment of women and girls,” as the 75-year-old superhero “stands for peace, justice and equality.”

"The objective was to reach out to Wonder Woman fans to raise awareness of UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 5," U.N. spokesman Jeffrey Brez told CNN on Tuesday. "We did that. We are very happy."

Goal 5 is centered on bringing about gender equality and empowering all women and girls by 2030.

Wonder Woman first came on the scene in 1941 and was notably played by actress Lynda Carter in a TV series in the late '70s.

The film “Wonder Woman” will hit theaters in the summer of 2017 with Gal Gadot playing the iconic superhero.

Twitter users voiced their opinions on the U.N.’s decision to remove Wonder Woman from the campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wonder Woman is no longer a U.N. equality champion after the U.N. ended its campaign with the comic book heroine less than two months after appointing her as the "honorary ambassador to promote messages about women's empowerment and gender-based violence."
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