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UN names Popular comic-book character Wonder Woman as Ambassador for Empowerment of Women and Girls

The United Nations, Gallach said on Friday, believes the use of Wonder Woman "will help us reach a broad audience to stand up for action on improving gender equality"

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United Nations, October 22, 2016: The United Nations on Friday officially named the popular comic-book character Wonder Woman as the Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.

“Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also a foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world, and Wonder Woman will be another valuable partner for us to achieve such a world by inspiring her millions of fans worldwide to stand up for gender equality,” EFE news quoted the UN under-secretary-general for communications and public information Spain’s Cristina Gallach as saying.

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The choice of the comic character, however, has sparked complaints among some UN 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.

Dozens of officials and diplomats protested against the decision on Friday during the presentation of this collaboration of the United Nations with DC Entertainment, owner of rights to the superheroine.

The United Nations, Gallach said on Friday, believes the use of Wonder Woman “will help us reach a broad audience to stand up for action on improving gender equality”.

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The organisation’s spokeswoman, Stephane Dujarric, also recalled that the UN has many real women as honorary ambassadors, and Wonder Woman just joins their ranks.

“I think this is a new and creative way for us to reach a different audience with critical messages about women’s empowerment,” EFE news quoted Dujarric as saying.

Among other celebrities, the United Nations collaborates on gender equality issues with Queen Mathilde of Belgium, activists Graca Machel and Alaa Murabit, and actresses Emma Watson and Charlize Theron.

The comic-book character will be part of a campaign to promote the goals of gender equality included in the Sustainable Development Goals approved in 2015 by the UN to replace the Millennium Development Goals.

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According to the United Nations, Wonder Woman will remind everyone of the collective achievements that are possible through the empowerment of women, and that everyone everywhere can lend a hand.

Taking part in the event held on Friday at UN headquarters were, among others, actresses Lynda Carter — who played Wonder Woman on television in the 1970s — and Gal Gadot, the new superheroine. (IANS)

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  • Antara

    Such an amazing initiative!

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)