Freedom Surf: 21 – 23 September 2021

Freedom Surf: 21 – 23 September 2021

In two months, the European Network on Independent Living will hold its first Freedom Surf. This three-day online event will be held instead of the Freedom Drive, which was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic for 2022. The Freedom Surf will consist of a series of events, some of which are being organised together with our members.

All events are free to attend and anyone is welcome. They will be in English, with captioning and if needed, international sign language. The speakers for all events will be confirmed and published by the end of August. Please register in advance, so that we are aware of your access needs. Registration will be open until just before the beginning of each event.

Provisional agenda*

Tuesday, 21st September:

12:00 – 14:00 CEST: A webinar on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and how they can be used in tandem with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, especially when preparing shadow reports and complaints. Organised jointly with Disability Rights Defenders (DRD) and DRD-Sweden (register here)

15:00 – 16:30 CEST: Independent Living Research Network (ILRN) researchers present their current research on independent living (register here)

17:00 – 18:30 CEST: ENIL Youth Network Board meet youth members, discussing about their work and future plans (register here)

19:00 – 20:30 CEST: ENIL Board meets members, discussing about their work and future plans (register here)

Wednesday, 22nd September:

12:00 – 14:00 CEST: A workshop on using social media and storytelling techniques to promote independent living (register here)

15:00 – 16:30 CEST: A workshop on how to get started, how to organise and lobby for Personal Assistance legislation. Organised jointly with Freekey, Hungary (register here)

18:00 – 19:30 CEST: ULOBA’S 30th anniversary and their experience with mobilising young people to be active in the Independent Living movement in Norway. Organised jointly with ULOBA (register here)

20:00 – 21:30 CEST: Social evening with music and comedy (TBC)

Thursday, 23rd September:

12:00 – 14:00 CEST: A webinar on monitoring Article 19 of the UNCRPD at the local, national and European level. Organised jointly with the Independent Living Institute, Sweden (register here)

15:00 – 16:30 CEST: World Independent Living Network (WIN) coordination group meets ENIL members (register here)

18:00 – 19:30 CEST: A webinar on how to advocate for affordable and accessible housing (register here)

All day virtual protest (TBC)

We hope that you will be able to join us for these exciting events! We may not be able to meet in person, but we are sure that it will be an exciting and engaging three days nonetheless.

*Please note that times and other information are still to be confirmed and might potentially change slightly.

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