#Gender Rights and Issues
DC Films, Warner Bros. Pictures

The recently-released Wonder Woman movie trailer has been applauded for its strong female protagonist in a male-dominated genre. The climax of the trailer is especially powerful; Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), referencing a dangerous mission, tells Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) "I can't let you do this," and she responds, after several clips of her fighting prowess, "What I do is not up to you."

This message of autonomy is vital, but proves only a distant hope to woman and girls in countries whose laws mandate their subordinance to their husbands, especially in the Middle East and North African countries. These laws further enable men to beat their wives and hinder women from getting help and leaving abusive relationships.

For these woman, unlike Wonder Woman and unlike in western mentality, what they do is not dependent on their own desires, but on those of their husbands.

Wonder Woman's autonomy and independence are only a dream to many women in Arab countries.

I urge DC Films, Atlas Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Pictures to donate some of the proceeds of the film, which premiers next year, to UN Women, UNiTE to End Violence against Women, V-DAY, One Billion Rising, KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation, AMAR Foundation, Equality Now, or a like organization that works to end institutionally sanctioned violence against women.

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The Give Wonder Woman proceeds to Stop Violence against Women petition to DC Films, Warner Bros. Pictures was written by Lana Rosenthal and is in the category Gender Rights and Issues at GoPetition.