Celebs from India, Nigeria, South Africa, UK, US and Canada are rocking to the Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’ hit to tell the world what global girls really, really want.
This September marks the first anniversary of the United Nations adopting the sustainable development goals, along with a set of global goals. And, the theme this year is Global Goals for Global Girls.
“You cannot fight for your rights until you know what they are,” said Jacqueline Fernandez, the Bollywood actress from Sri Lanka, who stars in the video. This is the responsibility the video takes upon itself, under ‘Project Everyone -- telling everyone about the global goals’.
The video wants to tell everyone in the world about the goals of girls and women – ending violence against girls, quality education for all girls, end child marriage, equal pay for equal work. It also asks women to tell what they want and join the movement by sharing a picture of #WhatIReallyReallyWant.
The visual responses collected from all over the world will then be presented to the world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.
Jacqueline, who represents India in the video, thinks that the world needs a dose of girl power and that is the reason she joined the campaign. “I am a huge advocate for empowering girls and women, and I want to support my peers and others around the world to help create an international community where women feel secure, strong and supported,” she said.
Through the video she wants people around the world to recognise the potential of women. “What I really, really want is for people to recognize the potential of girls when they are allowed to study instead of doing household chores. Nothing can stop us once we are given equal opportunities and are allowed to flourish. Investing in equality and the financial independence of women, who represent more than half of the global population, is one of the safest bets when it comes to international economics and social development,” she said.
The video aside, in her personal life, Jacqueline wants to end everyday sexism and violence against women. “I am campaigning to change the perceptions people have of women and that women have of themselves – it’s that sense of respect, self-belief and confidence that will help uplift and empower them. And, I really want to see more and more women in positions of global leadership and responsibility,” the actress said.
Apart from Jacqueline , the video directed by MJ Delaney also stars South African rapper and song-writer Gigi Lamayne and pop-singer Monoea, Nigerian singer Seyi Shay, singer and song-wrier MO from UK, dancer Taylor H