Freedom Drive is one of the key campaigns of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) – held every two years since 2003. It provides supporters of the Independent Living Movement with the unique opportunity to meet MEPs and promote human rights issues, as well to share experiences and ideas with colleagues from around Europe. Freedom Drive has developed over the years and is now a large 4-day event, bringing together up to 300 people. It has a rich programme, including the ENIL General Assembly, a conference with sessions on multiple topics, a meeting of the ENIL Youth Network and the culmination – a noisy march to the European Parliament where Freedom Drivers meet with MEPs. The first 6 editions of the Freedom Drive took place in Strasbourg, until 2015, when for the first time the location was changed to Brussels for strategic reasons.
The Freedom Drive is open to disabled people, independent living activists, their friends and allies. Participants are responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation expenses, but ENIL can provide fundraising tips in advance of the event, as well as advice about finding accessible accommodation.
Freedom Drive Reports
Freedom Drive Booklets
- ENIL Freedom Drive Booklet “Independent Living Heroes: Past, Present and Future” (2017)
- ENIL Freedom Drive Booklet “First we take Strasbourg, then we take Brussels!” (2015)
- ENIL Freedom Drive Booklet “Ten years closer to freedom” (2013)
Freedom Drive Videos
Freedom Drive on Facebook