Over 200 disabled women and their allies from 25 countries attended the symposium. Disabled women and disability rights organizations were responsible for organizing the symposium and bringing women to Beijing. At the symposium one of the goals was for each disabled woman to be a participant in the decisions about issues affecting disabled women and how they should be addressed at the NGO Forum and UN Conference.
In addition to the nearly 200 women who attended the symposium it was estimated that another 200 disabled women attended the NGO Forum and UN Conference. At the NGO Forum women with disabilities had their own tent. They organized workshops, presented papers, and communicated to the rest of the women at the forum the necessity for inclusion. Women also gathered information from their sisters in other countries through photography, video, and interviews.
(From the booklet Disabled Women: Visions and Voices from the Fourth World Conference on Women produced by Wide Vision Productions)