With a blessing from Posh Spice herself, Project Everyone’s “Wannabe” international feminist video-makeover is telling us what girls want, what they really really want.
Featuring dancers from India, South Africa and the UK, Project Everyone (created by Richard Curtis, filmmaker and founder of Comic Relief) has brought the Spice Girls’ anthem “Wannabe” back, remade with a video that is blowing up the internet left, right and centre. The film features groups of girls from around the world effortlessly pulling off those killer dance moves from the original video on their local streets and in classrooms – after all, the fundamental rights Project Everyone are trying to ensure include quality education for all girls and an end to violence against women, both at home and in the streets.
Obviously Posh Spice is behind it all, saying “I think this film is a wonderful idea. 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.” It’s left us feeling all GRL PWR. Project Everyone now wants YOU to tell them what you want. Share your ideas and wishes for girls and women around the world with #WhatIReallyReallyWant and your ideas will be taken to the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September.
Featuring British girl group M.O, the video tells us exactly what girls want, what they really really want (i.e. should already have) like “quality education for all girls”, “end violence against girls”, “end child marriage” and “equal pay for equal work.” “It’s crazy that in 2016, women in the UK still earn on average 20% less than men… we hope by shouting about it as much as we can, we can start to get the issue noticed and discussed at the highest levels, as it should be in 2016,” M.O said of the personal challenge for global equality based on equal wages for women in the workplace. Too right.
Tell the world your wishes for girls and women around the world with #WhatIReallyReallyWant and get the UN to stand up and listen. We all need a little girl power in our lives.
Words: Annabel Lunnon