WATCH: Spice Girls’ hit ‘Wannabe’ gets a feminist makeover

  • The 1996 Spice Girls hit ‘Wannabe’ gets a remake to promote women’s rights worldwide
  • It is in support of the UN’s Global Sustainability Goals which includes gender equality
  • The video now has 1.7M views on Facebook

Just in time for its 20th year anniversary, the Spice Girls’ hit single, ‘Wannabe’, has been spiced up and now being used to push for women’s rights worldwide.

A remake of the 1996 smash hit video released on July 5, Tuesday, takes a tour around the globe in support of United Nations’ (UN) The Global Goals’ #WhatIReallyReallyWant campaign.

 “In 2015, world leaders promised to put girls and women first when they signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fix climate change and tackle inequalities. Girls and women are disproportionately  affected by these challenges and are key to building resilient communities to withstand them,” said on The Global Goals website.

“2016 is our chance to use our collective power and tell world leaders what we really really want for girls and women,” it added.

More of a homage than a parody, the remake shows some powerful moments including a classroom full of girls dressed in hijabs who dance before a bulletin board that calls for ‘Quality Education For All Girls’.

Former Spice Girls members Victoria Beckham and Melanie Chisholm —known as Posh Spice and Sporty Spice respectively, expressed support for the video by endorsing it on their social media accounts.

“20 years on – Girl Power being used to empower a new generation. I’m so proud of The Global Goals #WhatIReallyReallyWant,” Beckham wrote on Facebook.

Chisholm tweeted that she’s “flattered and honoured” with how their song is being used beautifully.

Actress Emma Watson, who is a known women’s rights advocate, also joined the cause in social media.

According to an article published by CNN, the video was produced to spread awareness about the UN’s Global Sustainability Goals which consists of 17 world goals to be achieved by 2030. The new music video targets goal number 5: Gender equality.

As of posting, the video has been shared 30K times from The Global Goals Facebook page and has more than 1.7M views.

Watch the video below: