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Girls are telling world leaders what they really, really want

And what do girls really, really want? According to a new video featuring a cover of the Spice Girls hit “Wannabe,” it’s gender equality.

Project Everyone, an organization dedicated to promoting the Global Goals, just launched a new video, #WhatIReallyReallyWant, to raise awareness on issues women face, such as violence against girls, lack of education and equal pay.

The video, released 20 years after the original song, encourages girls and women to let their world leaders know they want equality. The video features international superstars, including the British girl group M.O., Taylor Hatala from Canada, Larsen Thompson from the US, Gigi Lamayne and Monoea from South Africa, Seyi Shay from Nigeria and Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez from Sri Lanka.

“I think this film is a wonderful idea,” former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham told The Guardian after she shared the video on her own social channels. “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?”

This video has presented girls everywhere with the opportunity to raise their voices and create positive change. The ultimate goal is to send a message to world leaders at the UN General Assembly in September.

Director of “Wannabe” video MJ Delaney agrees that the new release echoes modern girl power.

“The Spice Girls were about a group of different women joining together and being stronger through that bond,” she said. “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.”

The video appears to be a hit. After just a few hours on YouTube, it’s racked up nearly 225K views, and elicited lots of excitement on Twitter.