International Men's Day

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2020 Date19 November 2020
2021 Date19 November 2021
International Men's Day

International Mens Day History

International Men’s Day (IMD) seeks to raise awareness about the issues men and boys face. This day aims to acknowledge the achievements of men and celebrate their contributions to their communities. It encourages discussion about the mental health of men and boys and it also works to improve gender relations by aiming for gender equality.

International Men's Day was started in 1991 by professor Thomas Oaster. IMD had been called for since the 1960s, but the small events taking place around the world in countries like the U.S, Canada, and France failed to get much attention. Even Oaster failed in his attempts to promote the event and in 1995, he ceased any plans for future IMDs. It wasn’t until 1999 that history professor Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh would go on to officially establish the day in Trinidad and Tobago. It would gain popularity in several different countries and eventually spread globally with the creation of the website internationalmensday.com. IMD is observed annually on November 19th.

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International Mens Day Facts

  • The theme for International Men's Day in 2020 was Making a positive differnece to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys. Raising awareness and funds for charities supporting men and boys' wellbeing. Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood, and masculinity.
  • International Men's Day owes its growth and success to Indian Men’s Advocate Uma Challa. In 2007, Challa promoted International Men’s Day as a way to expose the shocking abuse that men suffer in the legal system. She has since been a pioneer in raising awareness for the day.
  • International Men's Day structures its objectives as 6 pillars:
    1) To promote positive male role models
    2) To celebrate men's positive contributions to society
    3) To focus on men's health and wellbeing
    4) To highlight discrimination against men
    5) To improve gender relations and promote gender equality
    6) To create a safer, better world

International Mens Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Participate in local or themed events. Movember for example, involves the growing of a moustache during November to raise awareness about men's health issues.
  • Award a positive male role model or someone who inspires you with an International Men's Day certificate. For instructions on making one, go to IMD Award Certificates .
  • Raise awareness on social media by using the tags #internationalmensday, #celebratemen, #menshealth, #stopmalesuicide, and #thankamantoday

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