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UN Names Wonder Woman Girls Empowerment Ambassador

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Wonder Woman was named as the U.N.'s girls empowerment ambassador. (IMDb)

By    |   Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 01:23 PM

The U.N. named Wonder Woman as its girls empowerment ambassador, tapping the comic book hero’s character to promote messages about women’s empowerment as well as gender-based violence.

DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson is set to accept this honor for her company’s comic book, TV and film character later this month at a ceremony that also falls on the 75th anniversary of the existence of Wonder Woman, BBC News reported.

The U.N. has been doing a yearlong campaign for gender equality and women’s empowerment after having been criticized in the past for a lack of gender parity in senior roles, including never having had a female secretary general, according to BBC.

The Mary Sue comics site welcomed the UN’s announcement.

“Wonder Woman is a great, easily recognizable symbol of what women can become once freed from a patriarchal society,” the site stated.

DC Comics said Wonder Woman’s story was “meant to test her appeal at a time when female superheroes were rare,” BBC noted.

The character earned her own storyline just a year after being created because of her instant popularity among DC fans, according to Durham Region.

Actress Lynda Carter rocked Wonder Woman’s familiar red and blue bodysuit and armor in the 1970s hit TV series “Wonder Woman,” and Gal Gadot wore her own version of the female warrior in “Batman v Superman” earlier this year, Durham Region noted.

Along with inducting Wonder Woman into the U.N. as an ambassador, the October ceremony will also be a celebration of a new U.N. initiative — one that consists of 17 development goals, according to Hollywood.com. The fifth goal of the initiative is to bring an end to discrimination against women everywhere, empowering all women and girls.

With the ceremony taking place on Oct. 21, that day will be dubbed Wonder Woman Day, Hollywood.com noted.

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