International Men’s Day is marked every year on 19th November. Men and women are the two pillars upon which the society thrives. It is only when both these pillars stand strong side by side supporting each other, the society remains balanced. Thus, International Men’s Day is equally crucial as Women’s Day, in today’s world which is striving to maintain gender equality. However, the larger aim of this day is promoting basic humanitarian rights.
The theme for 2020 is “Better health for men and boys.” In 2019, it was “Making a Difference for Men and Boys.” November is the month when people raise awareness about mental health, suicide issues among youth, prostrate cancer. It is well known as men’s health and awareness month. There’s many who maintain a ‘No Shave November’ to grow a moustache to support the cause.
It is celebrated in over 80 countries and is also supported by UNESCO. It’s an occasion to acknowledge the achievements and contributions of men towards the nation, society, community, family, marriage and childcare.
When was it started?
On 7 February, 1992 Thomas Oaster started it after the International Men’s Day project was conceived a year ago on 8 February, 1991. It was first organized in the year 1999 by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh at University of the West Indies.
The Six Pillars of International Men’s Day:
The prime objectives of International Men’s Day set out in the year 2009 are as follows: -
- Promoting positive male role and models and not just celebrity film stars and sportsmen but regular working-class men who are living decent, honest lives.
- Focusing on men’s health and well-being.
- Acknowledging and celebrate men’s positive contributions to the nation, society, community, family, marriage and childcare.
- Laying emphasis on discrimination against men in areas of social services, social expectations and obligations, and law.
- Improving gender relations.
- Creating a safer and better world for everyone.