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International Men’s Day: Let Us Celebrate The Men In Our Life

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It is the most beautiful thing ever created by the almighty. No, it’s not about-face but the power and force we see in it. It has the smile and purest form of promises to offer. Who is It? It’s the men. A man provides even when he’s not much appreciated.

During the 1960s many men were reported to have been demanding to make 23 February International Men’s Day, the equivalent of 8 March, which is International Women’s Day. However, it was in the year 1999 when the International Men’s Day was first observed which was initiated by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, Professor of History, the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, to commemorate his father’s birth anniversary.

Since then November 19, been celebrated in the name of all men across the world. The day is widely observed to acknowledge the contributions and gestures made by men in our day-to-day life. It is also the day when awareness is created on men’s well-being and health, and they are celebrated for their works.

The longest-running celebration of International Men’s Day in Malta, where events have occurred since 7 February 1994.  Formerly being the only country still observing the original February date, the Maltese AMR Committee voted in 2009 to begin observing the day on 19 November to be synchronized with the rest of the world.

When the day was initially established, IMD received massive support in its early years in the Caribbean. Due to its persistent connectivity and invitations sent to people in other countries, International Men’s Day has gained a foothold in the international arena so far.

Although International Men’s and Women’s Day are considered to be ‘gender-focused events, they are not ideological mirror images because they highlight issues that are considered unique to men or women. International Men’s Day is dedicated to speaking up about men’s wellbeing and health, their sexual struggles, and the societal conditioning that they are subjected to. This is also the day when discrimination faced by them is spoken about and better gender relations are promised to be created. The ultimate aim of this day is to promote basic humanitarian values and awareness among men.

On this day, various programs and conferences are organized across the globe where people talk about the issues related to men and boys and highlight discrimination against men, promote gender equality and improve gender relations, and create a safe and better world and conclude with great solutions.

The theme for International Men’s Day this year is ‘Better relations between men and women.’

According to World Health Organization (WHO), suicide is the top cause of death among men under the age of 45. The statement is true as many countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and Russia face the same.

As per certain reports, International Men’s Day is not intended to compete with International Women’s Day, but to allow boys as well as men to live a life of principles, character, values and also to encourage men to start opening up to communicate.

Just because he’s a man, it doesn’t mean that he cannot cry or have breaking points. Phrases such as “big boys don’t cry” and “be a man” are thrown at them, damaging their self-worth and belittling their self-image. 

This International Men’s Day let us make a promise to understand the men who are around a close to us. Let us commit to creating a better and safer world where every being can thrive to its full potential.

A big round of applause to all the men out there who despite all odds and obstacles paved the way for themselves in this over-ambitious world. More strength and love to you.


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