Girl power: Wonder Woman designated official UN ambassador

United States: The United Nations is enlisting the super powers of Wonder Woman for a new campaign to empower women and girls.

The comic and television series heroine will be officially designated as the UN honourary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls during a ceremony attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 21 October at its New York headquarters.

DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson will attend along with "surprise guests" — possibly actress Lynda Carter who portrayed Wonder Woman in the hit TV series in the 1970s.

This image provided by DC Entertainment shows Batman and Wonder Woman. The colorful 1960s version of the Caped Crusader will team up with the groovy 1970s rendition of Wonder Woman in a new comic book series. DC Comics announced Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at New York Comic Con that "‘Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77" will unite the characters from the "Batman" TV show staring Adam West and Burt Ward with the "Wonder Woman" TV series featuring Lynda Carter. (DC Entertainment via AP)

The comic and television series heroine will be officially designated as the UN honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. AP

The ceremony will launch a year-long campaign on gender equality and women's empowerment, which is one of the UN's new global goals for the next 15 years.

The event is sponsored by Warner Bros and DC Entertainment, who are partnering with the UN and Unicef for a year-long campaign.

Interestingly, the writer of the Wonder Woman comic series earlier confirmed that the superhero is bisexual, putting an end to a long-held debate on whether she'd had relationships with other women.

Speculation had been rife for many years over the sexuality of the Amazonian princess, who hails from the island Themyscira, which is populated solely by female warriors.

Although she becomes romantically involved with a man who washes up on the island, storylines over the years have implied, if not explicitly stated, that she has also been in love with women.

Greg Rucka, who returned to DC Comics this year to craft the Rebirth series commemorating Wonder Woman's 75th year in print, told the Comicosity news website Wonder Woman was "queer."

The announcement was mostly welcomed as good news on social media, although not all fans were happy.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Oct 13, 2016 12:17 PM

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