- The UN named Wonder Woman as its honorary ambassador for women and girl empowerment
- This coincides with the 75th anniversary of the comic book superhero
- This will also kickoff a global campaign promoting one of the UN sustainable development goals
The United Nations (UN) named iconic superhero Wonder Woman as its newest honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls.
A special ceremony on October 21 will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York City to commemorate the official announcement. UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon and DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson are expected to be in attendance.
Actresses Lynda Carter who played the heroine in a television series in the 1970s, and Gal Gadot who is set to play the same role in the character’s solo film debut, will also be attending the ceremony.
The announcement coincides with the 75th anniversary of the very first appearance of Wonder Woman in the DC comic book universe.
“Wonder Woman’s character is the most iconic and well known female comic book superhero in the world, known for her strength, fairness and compassion, and her commitment to justice, peace and equality,” UN Department of Public Information outreach director Maher Nasser told NPR.
In naming the Amazonian heroine also known as Diana Prince, the UN will kickoff its global campaign to promote one of its sustainable development goals, which aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
“Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, healthcare, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large,” the UN said in a statement as previously quoted by The Guardian.