International Men’s Day
On February 7, 1992 International Men’s Day was first created. It is now celebrated annually on November 19th in over 60 countries. The objective of International Men’s Day is to focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive role models. It is a day for men to celebrate all of their achievements and their contributions to their families, communities, marriages, and children. It is also a day to focus on men’s wellbeing socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
The theme for this year’s International Men’s Day is STOP MALE SUICIDE. Sadly, the suicide rate for men is three times higher than women in every country. Annually, there are some 475,000 deaths from murder, of which 80% are male. On top of high suicide rate, data shows that men are overall unhealthier than women in almost every part of the world due to numerous factors. Some of these factors being, the majority of smokers are male, men are also more likely to drink and do illegal drugs than women, they overall have a poorer diet and are faced with more occupational health hazards than woman. Globally, men’s life expectancy rate has dropped down from 69 years to 58.3 years.
Now is the time to bring attention to the issues the men in our world are facing! We need to show we are there for them and care for them as they care for us.
There have been and are many methods of commemorating International Men’s Day such as public seminars, conferences, festivals and fundraisers, classroom activities at schools, radio and television programs, religious observances, and peaceful displays and marches. You can participate in observing International Men’s Day by telling those special men in your life how much they mean to you! Let’s celebrate men and all that they do for the family, friends, jobs, communities and their nations!
[1.] Mens Day – http://www.mensday.ws/en/about.php [2.] BCMJ – http://www.bcmj.org/articles/silent-epidemic-male-suicide [3.] Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Men%27s_Day [4.] Mens Health Week – http://www.menshealthweek.org.au [5.] International Mens Day – http://www.internationalmensday.com/