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'.
Monika Hauser was born in Thal, Switzerland. She studied medicine in Innsbruck, Austria, going onto specialise in gynaecology. In 1993, in response to the mass rape of women during the Bosnian War, Hauser and a team of twenty Bosnian psychologists and doctors opened a women's therapy centre in Zenica. This evolved into Medica Mondiale, an international women's rights organisation of which Hauser remains executive member of the board. In 2008, her service was honoured with a Right Livelihood Award, and, in 2012, she was awarded the Council of Europe's North–South Prize.