Friday, October 28, 2016

A tawdry selection by United Nations by Bashir Goth | Special to Gulf News

The appointment of a fictional character as the world body’s ambassador for women’s empowerment is yet another example of an institution that has lost its soul.

When I first saw the news that the United Nations had appointed the fictional Disney character Wonder Woman as an honorary UN ambassador for “the empowerment of women and girls”, my first reaction was that when the UN failed to choose a woman as its secretary-general, unlike what was widely anticipated and hoped for, a woman who could have been the face of womanhood, motherhood and humanity and an inspirational role model for all girls around the world, the UN then magically waved its wand and abracadabra enlisted a fantasy woman to celebrate women’s empowerment.