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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'.
Manal Ali was born in Damour, Lebanon, to Palestinian parents. She was born in Damour refugee camp and now lives in Beirut's Bourj El Barajneh camp. Ali 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.