Welcome to the brand-new White Ribbon Ireland Campaign page for 2021-2022. White Ribbon is a campaign in over 60 countries worldwide which seeks to engage with men and boys on ending Violence against Women and Gender-Based Violence. 

The White Ribbon Campaign in Ireland is led by Men’s Development Network and this is your one stop shop for all information about White Ribbon Ireland, how to get involved in the campaign and all our latest information and activities.

Taoiseach endorses our campaign

Click image to watch our video preview of White Ribbon Day

Letter Writing Campaign

The White Ribbon Ireland Campaign sent a letter to every single TD and Senator in the country: asking them to wear the White Ribbon on International White Ribbon Day, to take the White Ribbon Pledge, and post it on their social media. 

Critically, the letter also calls on them to urge Government to ratify ILO Convention No. 190 on Violence and harassment in the workplace. It is co-signed by MDN/White Ribbon Ireland, ActionAid Ireland, the Munster Technological University and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Colm Kelly Ryan's video message for TDs and Senators ahead of International White Ribbon Day 2021. Each member of the Oireachtas received a letter and white ribbon

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar wearing his White Ribbon during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee making the Pledge in support of White Ribbon Ireland

On November 24th, the eve of White Ribbon Day 2021, Men’s Development Network and the White Ribbon Campaign Ribbon held a hugely successful online Panel Discussion, in partnership with Munster Technological University. Long-time White Ribbon ambassador, RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan, was an excellent and enthusiastic moderator.

This marked a huge development as MTU will be the first White Ribbon University on the island of Ireland and starting a 3-year project with us on ending Gender-Based Violence and Violence against Women and embedding principles of equality, diversity and inclusion across their structures. More information here.

Pledge: Men’s Development Network CEO Seán Cooke, who, on International White Ribbon Day, will give a presentation about the campaign to the White Ribbon secondary school, St. Oliver’s in Drogehda. Also on the 25th, a small march/gathering was co-organised in Carlow by Colm Kelly Ryan with Carlow-Kilkenny CYPSC and supported by An Garda Síochána (below).

Five reasons why White Ribbon is important in 2021-2022

  1. Women are the primary victim of Gender-Based Violence and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns, there has been a spike in reports of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.
  2. According to Women’s Aid, 1 in 4 women in Ireland who have been in a relationship have been abused by a current or former partner.
  3. Women’s Aid received 24,893 disclosures of abuse against women.
  4. In light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp Campaigns, there is a need to address the issue of violence and harassment across society and in particular in workplace settings.
  5. To provide spaces for conversations with men and boys on what more men can do to end Violence against Women and Gender-Based Violence.


Over 16 Days, 16 notable names will add their voices to White Ribbon campaign

International White Ribbon Day (Nov 25) also coincides with the first day of the United Nations 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This year, you are invited to keep your eyes peeled on the White Ribbon Ireland and MDN social media pages for a very special campaign.

Sixteen speakers from across sport, music, politics and civil society have come together to support our White Ribbon Ireland Campaign. This year’s speakers include the likes of Taoiseach Micheál Martin (day one, see above), Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, and many more.

If you can, please support getting the message out there by sharing the videos on your social media platforms and to increase awareness about ending Gender-Based Violence and Violence against Women.

Accreditation Programme

2019 initiative

Irish soccer team sport White Ribbons in show of gender solidarity

Seán Cooke, CEO of Men’s Development Network, and Mark Khan, former White Ribbon engagement officer, pictured with then-Ireland manager Mick McCarthy in November 2019 ahead of World Ribbon Day. Irish players wore the WRI campaign emblem during the National Anthem ahead of the Euro qualifier against Denmark at the Aviva Stadium.

2018 event

MDN-White Ribbon & HSE host Gender Equality Seminar

The Men’s Development Network and its White Ribbon Campaign addressed Gender Equality in Society, Health, Law, Advocacy and in men’s conversation, at a seminar hosted by the HSE at Dr. Steeven’s Hospital in November 2018. Then Health Minister Simon Harris was among the speakers.

The late Noel Whelan, Senior Counsel, who was a hugely respected board member of Men’s Development Network at the time, outlined positive changes in the Law in relation to Gender Equality in Ireland, including on Violence Against Women and Men, particularly the SOA and new DV Law.

Current Board member Mia de Faoite, International expert, survivor and activist, also made a significant contribution based on her experiences and studies, while MDN founder and former CEO Alan O’Neill spoke on Gender Equality, a key ingredient in the New Conversation with Men.

White Ribbon Social Media