Every year on November 19, people around the world observe International Men’s Day to honour the contributions that men have made to culture, politics, and society. The day promotes good masculine expressions while also honouring the importance of male role models. It also focuses on improving gender relations and men’s health.
International Men’s Day celebrations were initially started in 1999 by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, a history professor at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago.
Teelucksingh wished to observe the occasion in honour of his father’s anniversary of birth. In addition, the professor urged others to use this day to discuss issues that affect boys and men.
What makes the day special?
International Men’s Day is held in more than 80 nations to raise awareness of a number of crucial issues pertaining to men’s sexual difficulties and general health.
The day provides an opportunity to discuss gender relations and the discrimination that men and boys experience. The day’s main goal is to spread awareness of men and fundamental humanitarian principles.
The topic for this year’s International Men’s Day is “Helping Men and Boys.”
How should we celebrate?
Since 1999, schools have held commemorative seminars, forums, conferences, festivals, fundraisers, and classroom activities.