Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’ turns 20 years old with a feminist twist

Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’ turns 20 years old with a feminist twist


Text: Gwen Ong

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Girl power! Posh, Scary, Sporty, Ginger and Baby would be very proud!

On 8 July 1996, the Spice Girls introduced the world to the girl power anthem, 'Wannabe' and made themselves a household name. Twenty years on, the song has been given a remake in a new awareness campaign by Global Goals and the Project Everyone initiative to highlight issues affecting women.

The campaign features several global artists such as Sri Lankan actress Jacqueline Fernandez, Taylor Hatala from Canada, Gigi Lamayne and Moneoa from South Africa and Seyi Shya from Nigeria singing and dancing to Wannabe with a special message. Each part highlights several issues including an end to violence against girls, a ban on child marriage and equal pay for equal work.

This comes ahead of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit scheduled in September 2016. In 2015, world leaders had agreed on an ambitious agenda for sustainable development, which included ending poverty, gender inequality and fixing climate change by 2030. Time to get this going! 

You too can make your voice heard by writing down your women's rights wish list and share a photo of the goals with the hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWantjust like our favourite Posh Spice here. 



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