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This is What Women Really Want

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July 08, 2016 23:30 EDT

The #WhatIReallyReallyWant hashtag has been designed to make enough noise to reach the world leaders at the UN this September.

It has been 20 years since the Spice Girls put Girl Power on the pop culture map. Catchy and lighthearted it may have been, but Wannabe became an anthem for young women and girls getting the confidence to stand up for themselves and demand the respect they were long overdue.

Women are still disproportionately affected by poverty, hunger, disease and violence the world over, with even the most developed countries failing to close the gender gap on equal pay and opportunity.

In 2015, the United Nations placed the issue of female empowerment at the top of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda in a bid to foster safer, more stable and fair societies.

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