UK DDPOs at ENIL’s 8th Freedom Drive in Brussels
Update from the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL)’s 8th Freedom Drive in Brussels. 300 disabled people and our allies from 19 countries marched through Brussels, promoting independent living, peer support, protest, and celebration of disability rights.
Photo: Magdi Birtha
The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) held its 8th Freedom Drive last week (September 25th-28th) in Brussels. 300 Disabled people and our allies from 19 countries marched through Brussels, promoting independent living, peer support, protest, and celebration of disability rights. Among the main Freedom Drive demands were the end to institutionalisation of disabled people across Europe, access to personal assistance in all countries, full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the end to cuts to support services and benefits for disabled people.
— Miro Griffiths MBE (@MiroGriffiths) September 27, 2017
The UK had a large delegation of 16 people who marched in part in recognition of the threat to independent living in the UK. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), represented by Eleanor Lisney, shared information about the impact of the cuts and what UK Disabled People’s Organisations are doing about this at a meeting in the European Parliament hosted by Marek Plura MEP.
Our board member Tara Flood represented Inclusion London at the general assembly. Tara was also elected to ENIL’s board, and joins our former chair Zara Todd, who has been announced as ENIL’s new director.
— ALLFIE (@ALLFIEUK) September 27, 2017