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Red-Letter Day for White Ribbon

The publication on June 28 of the Third National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual, and Gender-Based Violence is a very significant moment with the potential to produce a cultural re-set in Irish society.

The Strategy commits to supporting our White Ribbon Ireland Campaign under Prevention Pillar 1 of the accompanying Implementation Plan. We welcome this endorsement of our engagement with men and boys to promote non-violence, respect, and gender equality.

Belfast seminar on Gender-Based Violence

Men’s Development Network CEO Seán Cooke speaking at the “Tackling Gender-Based Violence – Implementing good practice on the ground” seminar in the Great Hall at Queens University Belfast on June 14. It was hosted by the Implementation Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Seán discussed MDN’s work in transforming masculinities and as lead agents of the White Ribbon Ireland Campaign, saying “It’s time for men to be a part of the conversation” around the conditions that perpetuate gender-based violence.

The other guest speakers were Niamh Oddy, Student Officer, Equality & Diversity at QUBSU; Anthony McNally, Detective Chief Superintendent, PSNI Public Protection Unit; Sarah Mason, CEO, Women’s Aid Federation NI; Claire Archbold, Director, and Geraldine Fee, Assistant Director, Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy in The Executive Office.

The Implementation Network was established by all-island non-profit organisation The Centre for Effective Services (CES) in 2011. Leaders in implementation science, committed to sharing learning, experience and resources to support better policy and practice, Dublin-based CES work with agencies, government departments and service providers north and south to design, develop, implement and evaluate public policies and services. See

Raising WRI Flag at MTU

White Ribbon Ireland and Men’s Development Network (as lead agents for the campaign nationally) were delighted to be part of ceremonies in Bishopstown and Tralee on April 27 as flag-raisings were held at all six Munster Technological University campuses in Cork and Kerry. See White Ribbon page.

Engage Training

Pictures from an enjoyable and educational two days of Engage Training workshops held in Athlone on April 27-28 with the new team of national trainers drawn from all the Community Healthcare Organisations in the HSE.


Sunday Independent Life magazine
'Platform' feature (6/3/22); click to enlarge

Advocates for social change

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. 

Approaching our work from a transforming masculinities and gender-justice perspective, we are marking 25 years of positive engagement with men, boys, women’s organisations, and other like-minded partners in 2022. 

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

Our funded projects include the Men’s Development and Men’s Health Programmes, the MEND Domestic Violence Intervention Programme, the national Male Advice Line, and a Men’s Counselling Service. We also run many sub-programmes (see main menu) at local, regional and national level.

Farming Wellbeing

PICTURED: Clare Thoma, FarmConnect coordinator, and Dr David Meredith of Teagasc at its recent seminar on farmer health and wellbeing in Ashtown, Dublin. Click image for more about this event.

Click image for article about our new pilot programme being rolled out in Waterford and Roscommon the coming months

GBV Prevention Fund

Seán Cooke, CEO of Men's Development Network, joined representatives from Rethink Ireland and the National Women's Council of Ireland, along with leading campaigners for gender equality and justice, at the February 22 launch of a new 'Freedom From Fear' Fund supporting projects aimed at preventing Gender-Based Violence. MC Sonya Lennon (foreground), founder of WorkEqual, is holding a copy of A Proclamation to end violence against women in this country, which was live printed in the National Print Museum. Click image for further details. Photo: Alan Betson/Irish Times

16 Speakers over #16Days

Montage from our social media video series: Nov 25 - Dec 10

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MDN and MOVE Ireland to stage major event at DCU this August. Click graphic for details.


Our MEND Programme for men perpetrating relationship violence is taking referrals.
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Parenting rollout

The 2022 rollout of our The Good Enough Parent Programme was FULLY BOOKED within days of registration opening in early May. See social media for updates about further sessions beyond the current intake. Click images for more info.


Connacht Champions show the way: Sligo U20 footballers partner with the White Ribbon Ireland campaign: click above

Image courtesy Sligo GAA


Watch the recent HSE Health & Wellbeing Masculinities and Mens Health webinar, with great insights into farmers health, as well as practical tips to engage men. MDN's Lorcan Brenan co-hosted the April 26 event.


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