The UN claims the campaign “will highlight what we can collectively achieve if women and girls are empowered – along with examples of women and girls who have made and are making a difference every day by overcoming barriers and beating the odds to reach their goals.”
Still, a large group of UN personnel turned their back during the announcement, which was attended by current on-screen talent Gal Gadot, legendary lasso-wielder Lynda Carter, and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
— Ourania Yancopoulos (@niayancopoulos) October 21, 2016
A petition denouncing the selection and calling for current secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon to reconsider the appointment has already garnered 1,500 signatures.
Its anonymous organiser claims “it is alarming that the United Nations would consider using a character with an overtly sexualized image at a time when the headline news in United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls.”
— Stephanie Lynch (@stephers_l) October 21, 2016
— hadi (@hadikoob) October 21, 2016
SMH United Nations. Not cool at all. I’m NOT #WithWonderWoman
— Bonnie Branyon (@3bteach) October 21, 2016