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'.
Januka Nepal was born in Panchkhal, Nepal. She was entered into an arranged marriage when she was eight years old and was widowed soon thereafter. In the fifty-six years that have followed her widowhood, Nepal has adhered to Nepalese traditional cultural practices, which dictated that widows remain chaste, commit to a vegetarian diet and abstain from wearing red clothes.