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A Voice For Young Men!
I was happy when I recently heard that 2011 IMD would be focused on boys, because they really need support.
I would really like it if more help and support could be offered to boys to help them cope with school, giving them opportunities for jobs once they finish school, and helping them stay on track in their spare time. I would also like to see them be able to open up and talk about whatever is on their minds and maybe have more people who encourage them to talk. I would be extremely happy if International Men’s Day could make people pay more attention to these issues.
PETER THOMPSON – 14 years old, Australia
In my opinion, the main objective of International Men’s Day is to encourage all people to participate in creating a better world for men everywhere. The greater the number of people who come together in support of this endeavor, the louder the voice. Just as the 1st Amendment provides Americans with the right to freedom of speech, International Men’s Day provides men with a voice to be heard globally.
International Men’s Day aims to make life better, not just for grown men but for young males alike.
NAVIN FARLEY CRUMP – 15 years old, U.S.A.
"The future of our sons and generations yet unborn are in our hands!"
-Diane A. Sears - United States Coordinator for International Men's Day - 2011-
International Men's Day began on November 19th 1999 inTrinidad and Tobagoand was supported by the United Nations. The event received wide support from men's groups in USA, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Speaking on behalf of UNESCO, Ms. Ingeborg Breines, Director ofWomen and Culture of Peacesaid, “This is an excellent idea and would give some gender balance.” She added that her organisation was looking forward to cooperating with organisers of IMD.
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. It is an occasion for men to highlight discrimination against them and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care.The November IMD is a significant date as it interfaces with the popular 'Movember' charity event and also with Universal Children's Day on Nov 20 with which IMD forms a 48 hour celebration of men and children respectively, and of the special relationships they share.
During the past ten years methods of commemorating International Men's Day have included public seminars, classroom activities at schools, radio and television programs, Church observances, and peaceful displays and marches. The manner of observing this annual day is optional; any organizations are welcome to host their own events and any appropriate forums can be used. 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, although it is not compulsory to adopt these themes and participants are welcome to come up with their own to suit local needs and concerns.In consultation with organizers from other nations IMD observes the following shared objectives which are applied equally to men and boys irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief and relationship status:
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 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 males; 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 over 60 countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Australia, India, Italy, United States, New Zealand, Brazil, Moldova, Haiti, St. Ketts and Nevis, Portugal, Singapore, Malta, South Africa, Ghana, Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Croatia, Uganda, Chile, Hungary, Ireland, Peru, Canada, China, Vietnam, Pakistan, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Guyana, Netherlands, Belgium, Georgia, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Finland, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom. Join us on November 19 in celebrating the contribution men make to those around them, to their family and friends, their work place and the community, the nations and the world.
IMD Nonprofit is honoured to host the Men's Day website and we invite you to join the global celebrations. Please feel free to roam and read the IMD history sections or the upcoming events pages. Anyone is welcome to quote material from this website (attribution to this website is required), or download and use any of our freeIMD Logos.
Press release: The theme for International Men's Day 2011 will be- 'Giving Boys the Best Possible Start In Life'[click here for more details]