Wonder Woman is 75, and in what is possibly the best birthday present ever, Diana Prince is being made an honourary ambassador for the United Nation’s Empowerment of Women and Girls campaign. Wonder Woman was a UN Ambassador in the comics, after all.
Now not only can you watch it happen live, but there are online Q&A’s happening with Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins and of course the one and only Lynda Carter. Here’s all the details.
Here’s the schedule of events:
03:00am AEDT: Watch the Wonder Woman United Nations Designation ceremony streamed live
04:00am AEDT: Gal Gadot & Patty Jenkins Facebook Live Q&A
04:20am AEDT: Gal Gadot & Patty Jenkins Live Twitter Q&A on @GalGadot & @PattyJenks
04:30am AEDT: Lynda Carter Live Q&A on @TheCWSupergirl
So what does this UN Ambassadorial role mean for our favourite Themysciran?
The United Nations says women and girls all over the world are overcoming barriers and beating the odds to reach their goals, while contributing their knowledge, ideas and skills to society. They are role models to those around them, often shattering stereotypes and working with others to achieve a more equitable world. They are the embodiment of why gender equality matters. They should not have to work harder than men and boys to make a contribution or to be recognized for their achievements.
The women and girls who rise up for a better world, and the men and boys who support and stand with them, are superheroes in their own right. Providing equal rights and opportunities will unleash the power and potential of women and girls everywhere.
Wonder Woman will be designated as Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, in support of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.
The Wonder Woman 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.
The campaign is about women and girls everywhere, who are wonder women in their own right, and the men and boys who support their struggle for gender equality, bringing about positive change in their homes, workplace, communities, countries and the world together.
Keen to help out? Here’s what the UN says you can do:
- Speak out against discrimination and limitations on women and girls. Only 9 per cent of news stories raise gender (in)equality issues, while 4 per cent clearly challenge gender stereotypes. Call out sexist language and behaviour. Share positive stories of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
- Join forces with others against gender-based violence and abuse. One in three women still experience physical or sexual violence. Speak out against gender-based violence.
- Support full and effective participation and equal opportunity for women and girls in leadership in all aspects of life, including the workplace. Women and girls represent half of the world’s population, and therefore half of its potential. Mentor young women and girls.
- Ensure all women and girls have access to quality learning. Today, over 63 million girls are out of school. In Areas facing humanitarian and protracted crises, millions drop out before they can complete their education. Demand access to safe, free and quality learning for all girls.
- Celebrate women and girls who have and are making a difference every day. Do you know a #RealLifeWonderWoman? Share her story online using the hashtags #RealLifeWonderWoman and #WithWonderWoman.
In the meantime, here’s the Wonder Woman trailer to watch over and over and over (it’s not just me, right?). The film hits cinemas in June next year.