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'.
Pushpa Basnet was born in Kathmandu, Nepal. She is founder of the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) in Nepal, an organisation that works to strengthen the rights of children who are living with their incarcerated parents, by creating a day-care centre for prison children, and the Butterfly Home – a residential home outside the prison in which older children can live in Basnet's care. Since 2005, the ECDC has provided alternative residence, school enrollment, nutritious meals and medical care to over one hundred children. In 2012, Basnet was recognised as CNN Hero of the Year and, in 2016, as CNN SuperHero.