who will change the way
you see the world
200 Women is a book and exhibition inspired by a belief that you can’t empower women without listening to their stories. Our subsequent idea was to persuade two hundred women in different parts of the world - whether they be rich or poor, black or white, educated or uneducated, famous or unknown - to sit or stand in front of a plain sheet of fabric and to be photographed and filmed while answering five fundamental questions.
Our goal was not to make a book about just successful and powerful women; those stories are important, but we wanted diversity, and above all, authenticity. Two hundred 'real women', with 'real stories'.
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Hibo Wardere was born in Somalia. When civil war erupted in Somalia in the late 1980s, she was sent to Kenya, where she stayed illegally before seeking asylum in the United Kingdom when she was eighteen. Wardere is a campaigner against female genital mutilation (FGM), an author and a public speaker. Her 2016 memoir Cut: One Woman's Fight Against FGM in Britain Today chronicles her experiences as survivor of type-three FGM. Wardere's testimonials and campaigning work have appeared in publications that include The Telegraph, BBC News Magazine and The Guardian.