ENIL’s latest Annual Report provides an overview of ENIL’s work in 2016. It was a year of great loss for ENIL and the Independent Living movement with the death of Peter Lambreghts, Martin Naughton and Debbie Jolly. In their memory, the 2017 Freedom Drive will be dedicated to Martin Naughton, its founder. We will be remembering and celebrating Peter, Martin and Debbie’s lives, and those of other Independent Living Heroes – Past, Present and Future during our week in Brussels (24th – 28th September 2017) and with a dedicated publication.
In 2016, ENIL had lots of achievements in different areas – in raising awareness on disability hate crime, building capacity on peer support, promoting the transition from institutional care to living in the community, monitoring the use of EU funds, promoting the UN CRPD and putting Independent Living on the EU policy agenda. ENIL prepared a submission for the Day of General Discussion on Article 19 and published a position paper on the European Accessibility Act. The ENIL Youth Network has significantly grown and has become stronger, with new leaders, ideas and activities.
Among the successful ENIL campaigns were the European Independent Living Day on 5th May and “EU Funds for Our Rights”, launched in November. Two youth study sessions were held in Strasbourg and four webinars took place.
The ILNET project, co-funded by the EU and Turkey was successfully finalized and a new one building the capacity of CSOs was started in Belarus.
Download the Annual Report 2016 in Word format here.