International Men’s Day began on November 19th 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago and was supported by the United Nations. Objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. Early pioneers of IMD reminded that the day is not intended to compete against International Woman’s Day, but is for the purpose of highlighting men’s experiences. Each year secondary themes are suggested, such as peace in 2002, men’s health in 2003, healing and forgiveness in 2007, or positive male role models in 2009. The theme for International Men’s day in 2010 is “Our Children – Our Future”.
Objectives of International Men’s Day:
- To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but everyday, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.
- To celebrate the positive contributions men make to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and the environment.
- To focus on men’s health and well-being; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.
- To highlight discrimination against men in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations and law.
- To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
- To create a safer, better world; where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential
International Men’s Day is celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Australia, India, Italy, United States, New Zealand, Moldova, Haiti, Singapore, Malta, South Africa, Ghana, Hungary, Canada, China, and the United Kingdom.
In Europe, only the UK, Italy and Hungary celebrate the International Men’s Day, what a pitty! Why do not more European countries celebrate women’s AND men’s positive contributions to society? Wouldn’t this be another little step further towards gender equality?