Validity Foundation - Mental Disability Advocacy Centre

Are you deprived of your right to political participation?  Let us fight for your right!

By Validity Admin 20th September 2023


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

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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.  

Date: 3rd of October 2023 

Time: 14:00 – 15:30  

You can register for the webinar using this link 



 14:00 Welcome to the event  

Florian Sanden, European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) 

 14:10 Discrimination against disabled people in EU political participation 

Steven Allen, Validity Foundation 

 14:20 The legal context 

Yulia Gevrenova, Covington & Burling LLP  

 14:30 How to be active in EU politics as a disabled person 

Stelios Kympouropoulos, Member of the European Parliament 

 14:40 How to stand for election in municipal politics 

Kristina Dūdonytė, Lithuania  

 14:50 Self-advocate deprived of his right to stand as a candidate at elections 

Richard Biháry, Czechia  

 15:00 Let us fight for your right!   

Yulia Gevrenova, Covington & Burling LLP 

 15:20 Q&A  


International Sign Language and captioning in English will be provided. Other accommodations that may be required can be indicated during registration. 

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