Belfast GBV Seminar

June 2022 in Queens University

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