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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'.
Ghada Masrieyeh was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to Palestinian parents. She was born in Sabra refugee camp and has lived in Beirut's Bourj El Barajneh refugee camp for thirty-two years. She works with Soufra, a catering social enterprise established by the Women's Program Association. Soufra employs women from Bourj El Barajneh to produce Palestinian dishes that are sold outside of the camp.