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Wonder Woman to Be Named UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls

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Wonder Woman has always been a symbol of female empowerment. Now, that is being made official on a global scale as the United Nations will be naming her an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls in an upcoming ceremony!

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, as well as some promised surprise guests will be gathering at the United Nations on October 21st to bestow this honorary title on Wonder Woman, both in celebration of her 75th anniversary year and, according to a UN press release, to “launch a landmark global campaign supporting Sustainable Development Goal #5.”

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From DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke

The UN set 17 Goals for itself that will “transform our world” through sustainable development, and #5 is “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” How will they measure that globally? Here are their specific areas of focus:

  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
  • Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
  • Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
  • Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking in political, economic and public life
  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences
  • Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
  • Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
  • Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels

That’s certainly a mission we can get behind! And Wonder Woman is a great, easily-recognizable symbol of what women can become once freed from a patriarchal society.

(images via DC Comics)

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