UN drops Wonder Woman as honorary ambassador

Wonder Woman's UN role will end soon.

Story highlights

  • The scantily-clad character was a controversial choice for female empowerment campaign
  • But news it's ending sparked protest from Wonder Woman fans

(CNN)Wonder Woman has been stripped of her role as a United Nations honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls, less than two months after the controversial appointment was made.

When it was announced October 21 that the scantily-clad comic book character had been chosen as a figurehead for the feminist campaign, many UN workers protested.
UN spokesman Jeffrey Brez told CNN Tuesday that the project with Wonder Woman will end December 16.
    He said the decision was made soon after the launch to end the character's role on that date and that it was not brought forward due to the protest.
    "The objective was to reach out to Wonder Woman fans to raise awareness of UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 5. We did that. We are very happy," he said.
    Goal 5 seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.

    Decision sparked protest

    Concerned United Nations staff members created a petition in October asking UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reconsider the choice of the comic book character, first created by DC Comics 75 years ago.
    The staffers said the comic book character is "not culturally encompassing or sensitive" and was an inappropriate choice at a time "when the headline news in United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls."
    They also protested d