International Men’s Day (IMD) is a global holiday celebrated annually on November 19 to recognize and celebrate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of men. The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day are set out in ‘All The Six Pillars of International Men’s Day’.
International Men’s Day celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities.
One of the six pillars of International Men’s Day is to improve gender relations and promote gender equality not only for men but for women too.
International Men’s Day 2022 Theme: “Helping Men and Boys”.
International Men’s Day encourages men to teach the boys in their lives the values, character and responsibilities of being a man. It is an opportunity for people everywhere of goodwill to appreciate and celebrate the men in their lives and the contribution they make to society for the greater good of all.
This International Men’s Day aims to acknowledge and celebrate the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. The positive role models are to be highlighted and awareness on men’s well-being must be raised.
OBJECTIVES OF INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY
The 6 Pillars of International Men’s Day:
- To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but every day, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.
- To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.
- To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; 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 History
Inaugurated in 1992 on 7 February by Thomas Oaster, the project of International Men’s Day was conceived one year earlier on 8 February 1991. The project was re-initialised in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago. The longest running celebration of International Men’s Day is Malta, where events have occurred since 7 February 1994. Now as Malta was the only country that observed the February date of celebrating Men and their contribution to the society, the Maltese AMR Committee voted in 2009 to shift the date for IMD to 19 November.