Independent Living

Feb 26, 2021,

Join us for the European Independent Living Day – May 5th 2021!

In 2014, the European Network on Independent Living – ENIL celebrated 25 years of existence. To commemorate this event and to celebrate our growing network, the ENIL Board decided to declare May 5th as the European Day on Independent Living. This day can be used as a day of celebration, for protests or any other…

Feb 26, 2021,

Croatia – Independent Living in a Pandemic

On 29th January, ENIL took part in the webinar “COVID 19 and the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Independent Living in a Pandemic”, organised by the Croatian Association for Self- Advocacy. The webinar was moderated by Damjan Janjušević from the Association for Self-Advocacy. The panellists were: Anka Slonjšak, Ombudsman for Persons with Disabilities, Kristina…

Feb 26, 2021,

My One-of-a-Kind Solidarity Corps Year

For a month now, I have been trying to put into words the best, strangest and most transformative year of my life so far. When I first learned about the Independent Living movement and ENIL during a study session in 2019, I thought ESC opportunities and those experiences were so far away from me. Because…

Feb 03, 2021,

Stop the Pressure on CSOs in Belarus

The European Network on Independent Living – ENIL, stands in solidarity with our member organisation in Belarus, the Office for the Rights of People with Disabilities (ORPD), and other human rights organisations. As stated in the letter signed by a number of civil society organisations in the country, they are being targeted by the Department…

Jan 29, 2021,

UK and the EU: Where Next for Disabled People?

There has been little acknowledgement of disabled people’s rights, requirements, and policy needs during the campaigns, negotiations, and agreements that surround the UK’s exit from the EU. The referendum, the transition period, and the subsequent trade deals have not addressed the widespread concerns raised by disabled activists, their organisations, and scholars committed to improving disabled…

Jan 29, 2021,

Help us to contribute in creating the Mobility Divide Index!

Which issues mostly affect your experience on public transport? We would like to hear from you! In the TRIPS project, ENIL is playing a central role in the design of a new index to assess the level of accessibility of urban transport services. This index will be called Mobility Divide Index (MDI) and it will…

Jan 29, 2021,

ENIL: Starting a Job, Discovering a Network

How do you start writing about leaving a job which has allowed you to grow and explore, meet great people and develop a lasting passion for Independent Living? This was the question I asked myself when I started to write this article. Several versions later I decided that maybe it was best to just write…

Jan 29, 2021,

Independent Living Research Network: Laura Alčiauskaitė

Since the very beginning of my psychology studies, I always loved to look at the bright side of everything. I have the same approach when it comes to disability-related research – instead of emphasizing challenges and problems, I prefer to focus on individual strengths and opportunities. Before starting my PhD studies in Psychology at Vytautas…

Jan 26, 2021,

Invitation for ENIL Youth members to join the Youth Research Advisory Board as part of the research project “Disabled Children’s Participation in Healthcare Decision-Making”

What is the research project about? You are being invited to take part in a research project. Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. This research project aims to explore the experiences of disabled children of being listened to and participating…

Jan 22, 2021,

10 Points on the 10 Years of CRPD in the European Union

It is 10 years today – the 22nd January –  that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) entered into force in the European Union. Or in simpler terms – it became law. We wanted to use this occasion to look back and briefly consider the impact of the Convention, from the perspective of independent living and ENIL as an organisation.

Jan 20, 2021,

ENIL Statement in Support of Ms. Ana Kotur-Erkić

In Brussels, 20 January 2021 – The European Network on Independent Living – ENIL is deeply concerned about a vicious public campaign against a member of our Youth Network and a well-known human rights defender in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms. Ana Kotur-Erkić. Ms. Kotur-Erkić, a lawyer, has been the victim of hate speech and threats…

Dec 29, 2020,

Looking Back at 2020

At the European Network on Independent Living – ENIL, we take the opportunity at the end of each year to take stock of our achievements, difficulties and whatever else that made the year gone by stand out. The past year, as nobody needs reminding, has been very different, and among those who were lucky to…

Dec 29, 2020,

ENIL Youth Network’s 2020 Recap

Oh boy, what a year 2020 was. With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the whole planet, 2020 will be difficult to forget, and contrary to the general belief, young people were also among the ones very impacted (i.e. think about education, employment, freedom of movement, socializing, mental health issues etc). Add the disability factor to the…

Dec 29, 2020,

ENIL’s Submission for the Special Rapporteur on Poverty

In November, UN OHCHR announced that the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Shutter, will conduct an official visit to the European Union from 25 November 2020 – 29 January 2021. On this occasion, they asked interested individuals and organisation to provide their input on priority issues and assist him…

Nov 30, 2020,

ENIL Position Paper on the European Commission’s Roadmap for the New European Disability Strategy (EDS)

On 11 November, ENIL submitted a position paper to the European Commission’s roadmap to propose a new European Disability Strategy 2021-2030. ENIL highlighted 3 essential shifts which are crucial for a successful post 2020 European Disability Strategy (EDS): First, the shift from segregation to inclusion; Secondly, the shift from disabled subjects to disabled citizens; Finally,…

Nov 30, 2020,

The First Final Judgment for Protection Against Discrimination on the Grounds of Disability in the Area of Political and Public Life in Montenegro

I would like to inform you that on July 7. 2020, the High Court in Podgorica approved the Judgment of the Basic Court in Podgorica, which established discrimination against me, Miroslava-Mima Ivanović perpetrated on April 15. 2018. by the Municipality of Kotor, the State Election Commission and the State of Montenegro, denying me the exercise…

Nov 30, 2020,

A Huge Thank You from Marco

After 5 years, it’s time for me to say goodbye as Office Manager at ENIL. Many things have happened since I started and I can only say it’s been great to get to meet so many friends and work with wonderful people. I want to thank everyone for being there when I needed them and…

Oct 30, 2020,

Independent Living Research Network: Emma O’Neill

My academic career began in 2010 when I completed a BSc Psychology at Ulster University. My original intention was to train as a Clinical Psychologist, however my undergraduate degree introduced me to the realm of research. I quickly became fascinated with qualitative research methodologies particularly the ways in which we interpret the world around us…