Our Right, Our vote! Disabling legal barriers to political participation of people with disabilities in the EU. 3 Octtober 2023, from 14:00 to 15:30 on Zoom. ENIL logo and co-funded by the EU. Two people holding a sign saying "vote"

3rd of October, 14:00 – 15:30 on Zoom. Register here

Our Right, Our Vote! Legal action to dismantle barriers to political participation for persons with disabilities at the EU elections

In 2024, the European Union will hold elections to select Members of the European Parliament across all 27 EU Member States. And yet, millions of persons with disabilities continue to face legal, institutional and accessibility barriers, denying them the right to take part in the democratic process.

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), the Validity Foundation and Covington & Burling LLP are announcing a major legal initiative to challenge barriers to political participation in the courts. We are looking for disabled people who have been deprived of their right to participate in EU politics.

Claim your right to vote! If you feel you are being discriminated against get in touch with us.

To inform yourself about our project, we are offering you a webinar. Our event will involve speakers who are disabled and have first hand experience with the struggles involved to get into politics. Legal experts will explain

  • Date: 3rd of October 2023
  • Time: 14:00 – 15:30
  • You can register for the webinar using this link


14:00Welcome to the event
Florian Sanden, ENIL
14:10Discrimination against Disabled People in EU political participation
Steven Allen, Validity Foundation
14:20The legal context
Yulia Gevrenova, Representative of Covington & Burling LLP
14:30How to be active in EU politics as a Disabled Person
Stelios Kympouropoulos, Member of the European Parliament
14:40How to stand for election in municipal politics
Kristina Dūdonytė, Lithuania
14:50Self-advocate deprived of his right to stand for public office
Richard Biháry, Czechia
15:00Let us fight for your right!
Yulia Gevrenova, Representative of Covington & Burling LLP

International Sign Language and captioning in English will be provided. Other accommodations that may be required can be indicated during registration. For more information, get in touch: vote@validity.ngo