ENIL launches campaign “Stop Disability Cuts” with awareness raising actions taking place across Europe on the European Independent Living Day, 5th May 2014

ENIL launches campaign “Stop Disability Cuts” with awareness raising actions taking place across Europe on the European Independent Living Day, 5th May 2014

Who – This call is for ENIL and all supporters to mobilize and together carry out events on May 5th highlighting the effects of cuts on disabled people

What – simultaneous activities should take place in the EU Member States raising awareness on the effects of cuts – all events are happening on the same day to make our message stronger!

When – May 5th 2014

Where – all EU member states and neighboring countries.

Why – disabled people and their families are disproportionately hit by cuts and austerity measures. These cuts are in breach with the UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities ratified by the EU and 25 of the member states. Cuts must stop now!

How? With the same message and slogan we send a wake up call all across Europe –– Stop Disability Cuts

What should you do? Organize an event, activity, protest, write to your parliament, use the election process in your country and other activititives that will raise awareness on our situation and how the cuts are making our life as disabled people more difficult.

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) today launch the Campaign “Stop Disability Cuts” which aims to raise awareness of the disproportionate effects of the austerity measures which took place at both an EU level and national level on the lives of disabled people across Europe. This campaign will culminate on the 5th May 2014 with simultaneous actions taking place across Europe. ENIL has declared May 5th 2014 as European Independent Living Day and we invite all disabled people and supporters, disabled people’s organisations, NGO’s and Centers for Independent Living across Europe to join us in this Campaign by holding events to highlight the impact of the cuts on the everyday lives of disabled people in each member state.

As a result of the economic crisis in Europe, disabled people are becoming increasingly marginalised from society.  Disabled people already face many barriers to employment, education and to full inclusion in the community but now because of the cuts to independent living and disability services disabled people face further isolation with the return of the threat of institutionalisation and increased poverty. This is in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with disabilities ratified by the European Union and twenty-five member states. ENIL along with many of its allies (including EDF, Inclusion Europe, Mental Health Europe, DPAC, EFC ) has been raising awareness of these issues by bringing information from a grassroots level right into the heart of the European Union through a number of initiatives. [1]

In May 2014, the European Parliament Elections will take place. “Stop Disability Cuts” is a new campaign which aims to put disability higher on the political agenda. As part of the campaign ENIL will update and raise awareness among Members of the European Parliament about the challenges that disabled people face to be included as equal members of society.

As part of the campaign, in cooperation with the European Foundation Centre and the European Disability Forum, a new website www.stopdisabilitycuts.eu will be launched soon, keep a look out for more information in the coming days on this!

This campaign aims to bring the voices of disabled people to the highest levels of the European Union and we would like to hear from you! If you would like to share your story or organise an event in your town, please contact us today, estibaliz.alvarez@enil.eu or share this campaign through your network. We would like as many people as possible to unite across Europe and join us on May 5th to campaign for the rights of all disabled people.

Have your voice heard, join our Campaign today!

[1] Proposal for a Resolution of the European Parliament on the effect of cuts in public spending on people with disabilities in the European Union, September 2011, Hearing in the European Parliament ‘Defend the Right of Independent Living – How the EU’s Austerity Policy is undermining the lives of people with disabilities’, 9th February 2012, Effect of the Crisis on people with disabilities debated in the Plenary meeting of the European Parliament, 12th March 2013




March 17, 2017, 6:39 pm

Dear Mrs / Madame,
I am Arianna Colonello, i am a Master student at Radboud Univeristy. After my Masters Degrees, i want to join for a PhD. I have two professors that willing supervise me (Professor Mrs. Galina and Professor Mr. Gareth at VU University), during my PhD. The topic of my project is the Free movement of persons with disabilities in Europe. Please i will ask you if your NGO’s offer funds for phd research projects. If not i welcome your suggestions.
Thank you for your advice
Best regards

Dilyana Deneva

March 18, 2017, 5:55 pm

Dear Arianna, ENIL does not provide funding for projects. We can cooperate in other ways. If interested, please send an email to secretariat@enil.eu

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