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Spice Girls' Hit 'Wannabe' Gets Remake Pushing Women's Rights

by F. Brinley Bruton /  / Updated 
Screengrab from What I Really Really Want video
Screengrab from "What I Really Really Want" video featuring Sri Lankan actress Jacqueline Fernandez.Courtesy The Global Goals

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Two decades after the Spice Girls stormed onto the international pop music scene with their hit single “Wannabe,” the girl power anthem is being used to fight for women’s rights worldwide.

A remake of the 1996 smash hit video released Tuesday takes a tour around the globe in support of charity The Global Goals' #WhatIReallyReallyWant campaign.

Packed with nods to 1990s dance moves and fashion statements, the video features women and girls cavorting through schools, streets and classrooms around the world while highlighting issues like violence against women, underage marriage and equal pay for equal work.

“What do you really really want for girls and women?” the video asks, and encourages viewers to share and “make the noise” to get the message out to world leaders.

Former Spice Girls Victoria Beckham and Melanie Chisholm endorsed the slick production.

"20 years on — Girl Power being used to empower a new generation. I’m so proud of The Global Goals," Beckham wrote on her Facebook page when she shared the video, which got 28 million views in less than 24 hours.

Actresses Emma Watson also threw her weight behind the 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," the charity said in a statement. "Girls and women are disproportionately affected by these challenges and are key to building resilient communities to withstand them."

The video was shared almost 17,000 times off of The Global Goals Facebook page and garnered more than 975,000 views by early Wednesday.

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