It’s hard to believe that the Spice Girls’ debut girl power hit “Wannabe” is already 20 years old (what?!), but it’s just been given new life in the best way possible: by becoming the anthem for Project Everyone’s #WhatIReallyReallyWant campaign promoting The Global Goals.
The charity, which works to promote sustainable development, created an updated music video for the famous song featuring an impressive group of international female artists, with the goal of bringing attention to the rights of women and girls all over the world.
According to Rolling Stone, some of the women featured in the video include Sri Lankan Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez, Nigerian singer-songwriter Seyi Shay, South African rapper Gigi Lamayne, South African singer Moneoa, American dancer and model Larsen Thompson, the British girl band M.O, and Canadian dancer Taylor Hatala. The video was directed by MJ Delaney, who somehow managed to capture all of the awesomeness of the original, while hitting home some important messages about violence against women, child marriage, and equal pay. Pretty cool.
The video even got a shout out from Posh Spice herself. Victoria Beckham shared it on her Facebook page and wrote: “20 years on — Girl Power being used to empower a new generation. I’m so proud of The Global Goals #WhatIReallyReallyWant.”
Beckham then shared her own contribution to the #WhatIReallyReallyWant campaign — a handwritten note calling for the end of girls dying around the world from HIV.
Sporty Spice Melanie C also shared the video, tweeting, “Flattered and honoured that our crazy song is being used so beautifully.”
The Global Goals is a movement designed to promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that 193 world leaders committed to adopting in September 2015 at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit. The goals were created as a follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000, and are meant to “end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030,” according to the United Nations Development Program.
But it’s not just women who are throwing their support behind The Global Goals. As Professor Stephen Hawking explains in a video about the goals on The Global Goals’ Facebook page:
“[The Global Goals] are an ambitious to-do list to eradicate poverty, save the environment, and make the world a fairer place for everyone. Where every woman and every man has the chance to live a healthy, secure life, full of opportunity and love.”
As for the now-viral “Wannabe” video, director MJ Delaney felt that the Spice Girls were a great choice. She told The Guardian:
“This is about modern day girl power. The Spice Girls were about a group of different women joining together and being stronger through that bond. These differences are what we want to celebrate in this film, while showing there are some universal things that all girls, everywhere, really, really want.”
Project Everyone founder Richard Curtis agreed, saying:
“This year we’re keeping up the noise and going deeper… trying to show how the goals contain the answers to the world’s problems. From the refugee crisis to disease, humanitarian disasters to terrorism and war. And especially focussing on the incredible importance of progress in the area of girls and women. Global goals for global girls.”
A feel-good Spice Girls throwback and a contribution towards strengthening women’s rights and eradicating global poverty and suffering? Now that is one impressive, Facebook-share-worthy combination.More On