The identical day, the 19th of November will mark International Men’s Day as it does each year. Increasing awareness of male suicide is one of the primary goals of International Men’s Day. Many charities launch awareness efforts around the occasion, which has been going on for a while. International Men’s Day largely honors the positive contributions that men make to society at large, including their families, communities, and workplaces.
Being in November has special meaning since it is also “November,” a yearly event where men grow mustaches for the full month to raise awareness of health concerns affecting men including testicular cancer and prostate cancer, among other things. Children’s Day is also observed throughout this month.
International Men’s Day History
Director of the Missouri Center for Men’s Studies Thomas Oaster urged groups in the US, Australia, and Malta to hold small International Men’s Day festivities in February in the early 1990s. Easter successfully organized these events for two years, but his 1995 effort had poor attendance. He abandoned his plans to carry out the event out of disappointment. Australia later made the same decision, leaving just Malta to continue the celebrations.
In 1999, University of the West Indies professor Jerome Teelucksingh brought the holiday back to Trinidad and Tobago. Although there existed a day to celebrate fathers, he realized that there was no day to celebrate single men, young boys, or teenagers. Since his father had been such a positive role model for him, Teelucksingh understood the need for strong male role models. His nation came together on November 19, which also happened to be his father’s birthday, to support a regional soccer team’s attempt to make the world cup.
Instead, then competing with International Women’s Day, fathers may use this day to encourage boys to live lives of values, character, and responsibility.
Importance of International Men’s Day
On International Men’s Day, which is observed in more than 80 nations worldwide, several significant issues are raised. Here are a few subjects:
- The significance of gender parity;
- advancements in gender relations in various civilizations;
- masculine role models who are good for younger generations;
- improving the lives of the local community’s youths and men;
- as well as the challenges that males encounter as parents, particularly when they are single or don’t get along with the mother of their kids.
- Men’s and boys’ health is covered, encompassing mental, physical, social, and spiritual health. The rights of fathers are also stressed.
- Male abuse or violence victims, notably domestic abuse
- The unjust portrayal of men in the media and other places. This includes the portrayal of males in stereotypical ways in commercials by renowned businesses.
In what ways are different nations celebrating it?
- IMD is observed differently in different countries, usually concentrating on issues that are important to the local populace. On International Man’s Day, it is critical to recognize male suicide because men are three times more likely than women to commit suicide, for example, in the UK (as reported by Samaritans, an emotional support charity).
- The celebrations in India were started in 2007 by Uma Chulla, an Indian supporter of men’s rights. This was intended to demonstrate the horrific maltreatment that men experience in the nation’s anti-male legal system. Other topics discussed include fatty liver changes and abdominal obesity, which is a significant concern for Indian men.
- To commemorate this day, many individuals donate to organizations that promote men’s health, make and distribute posters on men’s mental health, and engage in other activities.
- International Men’s Day was started after International Women’s Day, which was founded in 1910, but it is still a great way to help combat discrimination and gender stereotypes. This might help create a safer and better world where everyone can realize their full potential and have a good effect on society.