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An Taoiseach endorses our White Ribbon campaign

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Welcoming the support of both influential national figures, regional institutions, and civic-minded local groups, the head of White Ribbon Campaign Ireland has urged men to foster greater allyship with women to further the aims of gender equality and an end to gender-based violence.

Seán Cooke, CEO of Men’s Development Network, was speaking after attending a December 1st photocall (above) at which South West Wexford Family Resource Centre, local hobbyist collective Blokes With Cameras and Ramsgrange Men’s Shed came together to signal their support for the White Ribbon Ireland campaign during the annual United Nations Global #16days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (Nov 25 – Dec 10). MDN has been the lead organisation nationally on the 30-year-old global male-led White Ribbon movement since 2010.

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The Men’s Development Network has influenced policy on men’s issues at local, regional, national and international levels and has a proud record in multi-agency work and engagement.

The Men’s Development Network is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Waterford, Ireland, with the key focus on being leaders in promoting change and equality within society. 

Under the mission statement “Better Lives for Men; Better Lives for All,” the Men’s Development Network works with men on various levels including one-to-one, developmental, parenting, behaviour change group work, training, phoneline support and awareness raising.

This work is carried out through our funded projects including Men’s Development Programme, Men’s Health Programme, MEND Domestic Violence Intervention Programme, MAL Men’s Advice Line and Men’s Counselling Service.

Picture from the opening morning of our Walking the Talk pilot programme in Kilkenny on 3 Nov 2021.

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MDN’s Lorcan Brennan and ‘team-mates’ at the recent “The WHAT Behind Men’s Health” webinar, part of the ‘Engaging Men’ series featuring local men’s health and wellbeing projects and initiatives. As for the “WHOs” involved, the series presenters are Janis Morrissey of the Irish Heart Foundation, Peter Jones from Waterford Sports Partnership, and Helen Forristal of The Marie Keating Foundation. The webinars are hosted by HSE Ireland Health and Wellbeing (Fergal Fox, Finian Murray), in partnership with the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (Colin Fowler), ourselves in the Men’s Development Network (Lorcan Brennan), and the National Centre for Men’s Health in Institute of Technology Carlow (Noel Richardson).

The latest HSE Health & Wellbeing webinar took place on Friday, 19th November,  International Men’s Day, with CEO Seán Cooke on the panel. Among other topics, it shone a spotlight on our new Engage Training partnership farmer health initiative, On Feirm Ground. See below.


Click above to check out the new website (which MDN has acted as project lead on for our Engage Training partners) as the new Unit 8 programme On Feirm Ground rolls out nationwide.

Lorcan Brennan and members of the wider MDN Health Team have been putting in the hard yards with our Engage Training partners (namely Carlow IT, HSE, Men’s Health Forum Ireland, and Waterford IT) to prepare and deliver the modules that make up Unit 8.

Designed along firm evidence-based lines, On Feirm Ground supports frontline agri advisers in engaging with farmers on health and wellbeing issues and signposting clients to appropriate services.

OFG registrations and academic research feedback are being channelled through the new website. MDN served as development lead in creating this feature-rich and dynamic resource.

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The Global 16 Days Campaign, launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at its first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, has been used worldwide to call for the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV). It is run annually from November 25 (World White Ribbon Day and International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10, International Human Rights Day.


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