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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'.
Vandana Shiva was born in Dehradun, India. She trained as a physicist at the University of the Punjab and completed her PhD at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Shiva is a co-founder of the Women's Environment and Development Organisation – a global women's advocacy organisation that promotes human rights, gender equality and the environment – and the founder of Navdanya, a movement that works to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources in India; she is a board member of the International Forum on Globalisation. Shiva's published works include Biopiracy, Stolen Harvest, Water Wars and The Violence of the Green Revolution.