international Men’s Day, November 19
International Men’s Day is celebrated in more than 70 countries throughout the world. This is a grassroots annual international event which started in 1992 in the United States. The specific date was chosen as it interfaces with Universal Children’s Day on November 20 which creates a 48 hour celebration of men and children with a special focus on the special relationships they share.
International Men’s Day quotes J. Teelucksingh, “Nobody, including myself, has a monopoly or control of International Men’s Day. This day belongs to the world. International Men’s Day is a gift to humanity. It is to be shared.”
The celebration is held each year on the same date. Each country focuses on the six pillars of the event. These include positive male role models, men’s contributions, men’s health and well-being, discrimination against men, improving gender relations, and to create a safer, better world.
Each year International Men’s Day focuses on a theme. This year the theme is Stop Male Suicide. Every country will celebrate this idea except for China (mostly due to this country’s suicide rate and the way society looks at this epidemic). It is noted that there is a deplorable state of health internationally and this directly relates to the epidemic of suicides throughout the world.
This year the IMD coordinator for the UK, Glen Poole has written a book, Stop Male Suicide.He sums up his solution with three words: Learn+Love+Listen.
IMD is very creative in coordinating events. No event is directed to follow any certain guidelines as long as they follow the theme and the focus of the day. Some countries offer seminars, conferences, festivals, and fundraisers. Other countries offer peaceful displays and marches. All organizations are welcome to host their own events and any appropriate forums can be used.