ENIL Press Release
Apr. 5th, 2012
The European Network on Independent Living has nominated Jamie Bolling for a second term on the Fundamental Rights Platform Advisory Panel. The Advisory Panel supports the Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in the organisation and coordination of the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP), FRA's link to the civil society.
Jamie, who has served on the previous Advisory Panel has explained her candidacy by saying:
'I have promoted human rights and the stopping of discrimination for twenty years. As a young, educated, white American in Europe I did not experience discrimination. Later a wheelchair user, single mother and immigrant in Sweden I became aware of how society is formed from a view of normality with hierarchies excluding many. I could no longer take buses, enter public buildings nor was I talked to as an equal. The experience of discrimination became one that I since confront. I visit many countries, recently Bulgaria. I met people living in an institution. It is not right that these people are forced to live without choice in an institution. I have been an Advisory Panel member for the past two years. I hope to continue work against discrimination through the FRA and therefore need your vote!'
To download Jamie's CV, please click here.
The Advisory Panel 2012-2013 will be elected during the 5th Fundamental Rights Platform meeting in Vienna on 19 and 20 April 2012. ENIL thanks all FRP members who will be supporting Jamie's re-election to the FRP Advisory Panel.
ENIL Executive Director
The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is a Europe-wide network of people with disabilities and organisations that promote and practice Independent Living.