In the same spirit as global women’s celebration day, which launched to advocate for improved rights and pay for women, But when is the day and how is it marked?
International Men’s Day is observed every year on 19th November. ‘The Six Pillars of International Men’s Day’ are objectives which are broken down to nation, society, family, marriage, community, and childcare. Achievements and contributions of men and boys in these criteria are celebrated; however, the larger aim of the day is to promote basic humanitarian rights.
In 2020, the themes International Men’s Day is focusing on includes:
- Making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys
- Raising awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing
- Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood, and masculinity
Organizers say it’s designed to help more people consider what action we can all take to “Make A Difference” and “give men and boys better life chances” by addressing issues such as high suicide rates, sexual abuse, and health.
The day is also “a platform to raise awareness of the challenges that men face in life – especially in relation to the international male suicide rate”.