Events

Upcoming Events

ENIL Freedom Drive 2022

From the 26th – 28th September, ENIL will hold its 10th Freedom Drive in Brussels. The Freedom Drive is open to independent living activists, allies, DPOs and NGOs from Europe and beyond. Theme The overall theme of the 2022 Freedom Drive will be “50 Years of Independent Living” and it will be dedicated to Kapka…

Past Events

The Independent Living Day 2022

YOUTH – The future of the IL Movement This year, the European Independent Living Day will be dedicated to young disabled people. This is an important theme every year and especially this year, as 2022 is the European Year of Youth. The idea of the European Year of Youth is to “shine the light on…

Getting it Right from the Start: Deinstitutionalisation of children and young people

Date: April 29th, 2022 Time: 14:00 to 15:30 CET Registration: click here Description: This webinar will be about having discussions about visits, work and hopes for closure of institutions for children and young people and great emphasis on early intervention. Speakers: George Nicoladis, Institute for Child Health, Greece Andreja Rafealic and Katarina Ficko, Institute for…

Webinar on the “Role of EU Funding in supporting DI around the world”

Date: April 5th, 2022 Time: 14:00 to 15:00 CET Registration: click here Description: As the biggest development and humanitarian aid donor in the world, the European Union (EU) is in a prime position to address the ongoing social exclusion and segregation of children, adults and older persons with disabilities in long-stay residential institutions. Despite the…

Webinar: SuperBa – Overcoming Barriers project

Date: 29th March 2022 Time: 18:00 – 20:00 CET Registration: click here (open until the beginning of the webinar) Description: ENIL is organising a webinar in the framework of the SuperBa – Overcoming Barriers project. This project took place under the leadership of AIFO ngo (Italy) with other partners Bokra Sawa (France), R.I.D.S. (Spain). It…

ENIL-ECCL webinar “Deinstitutionalisation in low income countries”

Date: 4th March, 14:00 – 15:30 CET Registration: click here Description: This is the first in a series of bi-monthly webinars of sharing and seeking solutions.  Each session will feature a guest speaker and an update from one of the countries that we have been following over the past year. The series will be moderated by…

Side events during the Global Disability Summit

We are co-organising two side events during the Global Disability Summit on 16 – 17 February 2022. 1. Bringing deinstitutionalisation back on the agenda Organised jointly with the Global Coalition on Deinstitutionalisation, consisting of: ENIL, Inclusion International, International Disability Alliance, TCI Global, Disability Rights Fund/Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, Centre for Human Rights at the University…

Webinar on Housing & Independent Living

Date: 24th November 2021 Time: 14:00 – 15:30 CET Registration: click here (open until the beginning of the webinar) Agenda 14:00-14:05: Introduction – Ines Bulic Cojocariu, Deputy Director, European Network on Independent Living – ENIL 14:05 – 14:15: The right to live in dignity – Thiandi Grooff, Self-advocate, the Netherlands The situation on the ground…

ENIL-ECCL Webinars on Deinstitutionalisation @ “We Are One” Festival

An inclusive and welcoming community?  Not when institutions exist!! Join us at the We are One Festival, on 21 – 22 October 2021 In memory of Slawek Besowski The existence of institutions where people are placed often from an early age due to their individual and complicated support needs cast a shadow across all our…

Justice in EU-Funded Disability Institutions

On 11 – 12 October, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights is organising its Fundamental Rights Forum, as the space for dialogue on human rights challenges facing the EU today. The European Network on Independent Living and the Validity Foundation are joining the Fundamental Rights Forum, by organising a 1-hour session on “Justice in EU-Funded…

Freedom Surf: 21 – 23 September 2021

On 21-23 September, 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…

Advancing the Right to Family Life for All Children – 7 & 8 September 2021

Online event series: September 7 and 8 Reflections, practices and call to action in advance of the CRC’s Committee Day of General Discussion on children’s rights and alternative care ENIL, Disability Rights International, Inclusion International, the International Disability Alliance, the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, the US International Council on Disabilities and Validity…

CRPD Committee consultation on DI in the European Union, Western Europe and other European countries (and Israel)

In January 2021, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities announced a set of online regional consultations on deinstitutionalisation. Based on the contributions received, the Committee will prepare the first draft Guidelines on Deinstitutionalisation, including in emergency situations. The first consultation, for countries in Central Asia and Eastern Europe (non-EU countries) took place…

Members’ Consultations about ENIL Strategy 2022 – 2025 (11 – 12 May)

The European Network on Independent Living – ENIL is working on a new Strategic plan for the next 4 years. In order to make sure that the plan is supportive of our members’ needs, we are organising a series of regional consultations. Each consultation will be moderated by two members of the Board and a…

ENIL events for the European Independent Living Day – 5th May

The 8th edition of the European Independent Living Day – 5th May 2021 is dedicated to the idea of movement or mobility (you can read more here). ENIL will be online the entire day on the 5th May, beginning with the press release, sharing your stories, photos and videos from around Europe and the world…

ENIL’s workshop on the European Disability Strategy 2021 – 2030

Join our workshop on the European Disability Strategy 2021 – 2030, where we will analyze the strategy from the Independent Living perspective, and will address questions like: – What is included in the strategy? – What is missing? – How can you use the strategy in your country to improve access to Independent Living? Agenda:…

Invitation to Contribute to the Regional Consultation on Deinstitutionalisation for Central Asia and Eastern Europe (non-EU countries)

Today, on 25th January 2021, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities announced a set of seven regional consultations on deinstitutionalisation, which will take place in the first half of 2021. Based on the contributions received, the Committee will prepare the first draft Guidelines on Deinstitutionalisation, including in emergency situations. Who can take…

Launch of ENIL’s 1st Independent Living Survey

On 10th December, the International Human Rights Day, ENIL will launch the results of its 1st Independent Living Survey. The online launch will take place at 15:00 – 17:00 CET. REGISTRATION is now open: click here. Agenda: click here. Confirmed speakers: Jamie Bolling and Nadia Hadad, ENIL Co-Chairs Frank Sioen, Advocacy and Policy Coordinator, ENIL Nina…

ENIL Side events during COSP13

ENIL is co-organising three side events during the 13th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD: Acceleration of CRPD through Disability Inclusive SDGs: COVID19 and CRPD 19 Date: 2 December 2020 Time: 8:30 – 9:45 EST/14:30 – 15:45 CET Organisers: Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, Ministry of Health and…