I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want: Gender equality.
Tuesday morning, Project Everyone released a new feminist version of the Spice Girls’ iconic “Wannabe” video as part of the UN’s Global Goals campaign to fight climate change and eradicate injustice and poverty around the world.
The video has the same high-energy girl power as the original Spice Girls music video, and the lyrics are the same too. But in the new remake, we see signs indicating what the singers and the dancers in the video “really really want” is to end violence against girls, achieve quality education for all girls and to stop child marriage.
“2016 is our chance to use our collective power and tell world leaders what we really really want for girls and women,” the video’s about section reads on YouTube. “If you make the noise, we’ll get your message to world leaders at the UN in September.”
Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham told The Guardian that she thinks the video is a “wonderful idea,” adding: “How fabulous it is that after 20 years the legacy of the Spice Girls’ girl power is being used to encourage and empower a whole new generation?”
As part of the campaign, Global Goals and Project Everyone are asking women to share their hopes and dreams for gender equality around the world using the hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant.
“This is about modern-day girl power,” director of the “Wannabe” video MJ Delaney told The Guardian. “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.”
Yes, yes, and more yes.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Taylor Hatala is American. The 13-year-old is from Canada.