Susan Sygall talks about the 1995 UN World Conference on Women in Beijing and the protest done by disabled women at the event because they couldn't get into the conference. Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright showed their support.
Screen Reader Q&A #3
Susan Sygall - "The Anniversary of My Accident"
In 1995 we all started hearing about the UN World Conference on women in Beijing. We got a grand 350 women with disabilities. And I remember, because it was August 29 because-- actually, it just happened-- it was the same day of the anniversary of my car accident. And supposedly there was a workshop specifically about disabled women. And some women went to attend their own workshop. And it was on the second floor. There was no elevator. And the disabled women started making a little protest right in front of the building, saying, we can't even get into our own workshop. However, the good thing was, there was lots of different tents in the NGO session. And the disabled women, we had our tent.
And Madeleine Albright, who was then Secretary of State, she came to the tent, which was a very big recognition. And Hillary Clinton gave her magic speech where women's rights are human rights. So when we think back to the Beijing conference, we say it was the worst of times but it was also the best of times. Because in our mind, it was the beginning of the international disabled women's movement.