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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'.
Sana Issa was born in Beirut, Lebanon. When she was fifteen years old, her family married her to a man twenty years her senior; when she left her abusive husband, her family ostracised her. In 1982, Issa – a self-taught English speaker – began volunteering to guide aid workers and journalists visiting Beirut's refugee camps; this led to employment at Newsweek magazine's Beirut bureau and was the beginning of a twenty-five-year career in international journalism. In 1993, Issa moved to the United Kingdom, where she completed a master's degree at SOAS University of London. In 2016, Issa founded Agrabah Media.