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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'.
Gillian Caldwell was born in New York City, USA. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University and a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. As executive director of WITNESS, which trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights, Caldwell helped produce over thirty documentary shorts and films. She was campaign director for the United States 1Sky climate and energy campaign. Caldwell is chief executive officer of Global Witness, a not-for-profit that exposes the hidden links between demand for natural resources, corruption, armed conflict and environmental destruction.