This is a personal history of a feminist journey which began in the period leading up to the United Nations Fourth Conference on Women at Beijing in 1995. It offers a first-hand account that might also reflect the experiences of many other feminists globally. This experience of participation in the preparations for Beijing, and attendance at the Conference itself as well as the parallel Huairou civil society event, provided a high point and a catalyst for a lifetime of activism in the Middle East and North Africa regions. I reflect on the opportunities created, the challenges encountered, and the learning gained.
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