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.
The next Freedom Drive will take place on 24 – 28 September 2017, again in the European Union capital – Brussels. It will be dedicated to Martin Naughton – the father of the ENIL Freedom Drive – who we lost in 2016. To find out more about the 2017 Freedom Drive, please click here.
Freedom Drive Reports
Freedom Drive Booklets
- 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
For further information, please contact Dilyana Deneva at firstname.lastname@example.org