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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Sana Issa was born in Beirut, Lebanon. When she was fifteen years old, her family married her to a man twenty years her senior; when she left her abusive husband, her family ostracised her. In 1982, Issa – a self-taught English speaker – began volunteering to guide aid workers and journalists visiting Beirut's refugee camps; this led to employment at Newsweek magazine's Beirut bureau and was the beginning of a twenty-five-year career in international journalism. In 1993, Issa moved to the United Kingdom, where she completed a master's degree at SOAS University of London. In 2016, Issa founded Agrabah Media.