Cristina Gallach, under-secretary-general for communications and public information, said, "Think of all the wonders we can do!" insisting the United Nations takes gender equality seriously.
The initiative, dubbed "All the Wonders We Can Do", will focus on gender equality and women's empowerment, one of the UN's global goals for the next 15 years. "It should be scrapped", she told the AFP news agency.
The choice of the comic character, however, has sparked complaints among some United Nations personnel and representatives of various countries, who say it would be much more appropriate to use a real live person to represent women and girls. At the ceremony Friday afternoon, she did just that.
With the recent reveal of Mera still fresh in our memories, director Zack Snyder is not one to rest on his laurels and tweeted a new look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in his upcoming Justice League film.
The UN has announced they've picked a high profile woman for a very important role.
Numerous staffers continued their silent demonstration during the ceremony, standing in the public gallery with their backs to the event and holding their right fists in the air.
But young fans at the event seemed unfazed by the controversy. "Because it's such a special and iconic character, I do feel the responsibility and, so many people care so much about this character", she said.
Gallach, the United Nations communications chief, said she was aware of such views, but that what mattered more than Wonder Woman's appearance were "the values and substance that she will represent".
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Officials said the states sought more time to study the impact of the compensation formula and its impact on their exchequer. Jaitley said the Council would meet next on November 3-4.
Gabrielle Ross-Marquette, communications coordinator at METRAC in Toronto, a non-profit that combats violence against women and children, said it's important to recognize the "very real" failures of the United Nations to put real life women into positions of power.
So today Wonder Woman means different things to different people at different times.
Reportedly around fifty staff members at the United Nations showed their disapproval by turning their backs to the stage during the ceremony, whilst an online petition against the appointment has had over a thousand signatures.
He said the photos of her "flying" were the hardest because they had to be done in such a strategic manner. When she lost her powers in the comic books, famed feminist Gloria Steinem fought to get them restored. She will then appear in Zack Snyder's Justice League in November 2017.
Her popularity extended from the pages of comic books to the USA television screen in the 1970s.
Adding to the Hollywood feel, the announcement was made in the presence of the actress Lynda Carter, now 65, who played the part on television, and of Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment, the company that owns the rights to the character. She could be the icon for western women, just without the flag perhaps.
Created in 1941 by psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston - along with his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston (who added the "intellect and attitude to the characters, said Carter, echoing Marston's granddaughter, Christie) - Wonder Woman has undergone many iterations".
Sponsors of the ambassadorial designation include U.N. Women, UNICEF, the U.N. Department of Public Information, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.
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