The Women Changing India project is an initiative launched by the BNP Paribas banking group in 2010 to commemorate the 150 year anniversary of operations in India. Since 2010 the exhibition has toured eight Indian cities and major galleries in Paris, Milan, London, Brussels and St. Tropez. With the support of the Embassy of India, Tokyo it is the first time for the exhibition brought to East Asia. The “Women changing India” exhibition will be on display at the India Cultural Centre at the India Embassy, Tokyo from March 15 until March 22.

This project, initiated by BNP Paribas, combined the talents of Magnum Photo Agency and Zubaan, a Delhi-based publishing house specialising in books for and about women in South Asia. Six subjects were identified to highlight the cultural and geographical diversity of women's lives in India. Each subject aimed to highlight the changing roles, aspirations, opportunities and challenges that Indian women face, whether they live in villages or cities, whether they are students, taxi drivers, lawyers, movie directors or business leaders.These were covered by six well-known Magnum photographers: Martine Franck, Alex Webb, Patrick Zachmann, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Olivia Arthur, and Raghu Rai and the photographs focus on the vital role that women play in India today.

Baudouin Prot, Chairman of BNP Paribas, in the preface to the book ‘Women Changing India' says, “Our interest in India and the role of women is rooted in a deeply held commitment to social responsibility and equal opportunities. Wherever the bank operates, it has transformed this commitment into concrete action.”

Philippe Avril, Chief Country Officer for BNP Paribas in Japan, commented “it is a great pleasure to bring this successful exhibition to Tokyo. Business relations between India and Japan continue to strengthen and BNP Paribas is committed to support Japanese clients develop business in India.”

BNP Paribas is active in Indian microfinance and brings its support to microfinance institutions, which allocate loans to entrepreneurs, most of them being women.

Through a joint venture between BNP Paribas and the State Bank of India, the Group is also creating micro-insurance products such as Grameen Shakti and Grameen Super Suraksha, designed for self-help groups, 90 per cent of which are created by women. These products provide low-income populations with access to life insurance at extremely attractive rates. Geojit BNP Paribas has opened retail brokerage offices in several Indian cities that are dedicated exclusively to and staffed entirely by women.

The Group is also engaged in numerous actions of solidarity and self-help around the world, many directly involving women, such as the funding of a shelter for economically or socially disadvantaged girls.

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas has a presence in 80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees, including more than 150,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its three core activities: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model across Mediterranean basin countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fastgrowing businesses in Asia-Pacific.

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