International Men’s Day 2022: the day focuses on issues that affect men and boys around the world
International men’s day is celebrated every year on the 19e of November. It is also the day when people are made aware of the well-being and health of men and when they are celebrated for their works.
International Men’s Day is celebrated annually around the world on November 19 to highlight efforts for the well-being of men by making a positive difference and raising awareness of the issues facing men.
This year’s theme for International Men’s Day is “Helping Men and Boys“. This day is celebrated all over the world by organizing programs and conferences where issues related to men and boys are addressed, issues are discussed and awareness is created.
International Men’s Day was first observed in 1999 by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, a history professor at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, to commemorate his father’s birthday. He further encouraged everyone to use this day to address issues that affect men and boys.
However, International Men’s Day was inaugurated in 1992 by Thomas Oaster. It was designed a year earlier. The day because of its importance was later revived in 1999 by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, a professor of history at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. Dr Teelucksingh chose to organize International Men’s Day on November 19 to mark his father’s birthday and also to celebrate how on the same date, a decade earlier (1989), the Trinidad football team et-Tobago had united the country to qualify for the soccer world cup.
Instead of making the day just a celebration of gender, Dr. Teelucksingh promoted International Men’s Day as a day to reflect on issues affecting men and boys around the world. The day that falls on November 19 every year also coincides with Movember, where men or Mo Bros avoid shaving and grow mustaches and beards to raise money for men’s health.
Meaning and celebration:
This day is dedicated to speaking out on the well-being and health of men, their sexual struggles and the societal conditioning to which they are subjected. It is also the day when we talk about the discrimination they face and when we promise to create better relations between the sexes. The ultimate goal of this day is to promote fundamental humanitarian values and raise human awareness.
International Men’s Day is based on six pillars that focus on building positive male role models – the working class heroes of everyday life. It also emphasizes celebrating men’s contributions to society, community, family, marriage, childcare and the environment. The third pillar promises to care for the health and social, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of men. It also highlights the discrimination they face in multiple areas. International Men’s Day raises awareness of gender relations and emphasizes the promotion of gender equality. It also promises to create a better and safer world where every being can reach their full potential.
International Men’s Day includes topics on mental health, toxic masculinity, prevalence of male suicide, promoting men’s health, improving gender relations, to name a few. . If you’re wondering how to celebrate this day, here’s an idea: on this day, donate to causes related to men’s health, or create/share posters that talk about men’s mental health and physical ailments, and join conversations on social media to spread the word.