By: Pune Pulse
November 18, 2023
Pune: International Men’s Day will be celebrated on November 19 i.e. Sunday. Unlike Women’s Day, International Men’s Day often goes unnoticed with no special celebrations. In fact, a significant number of people are unaware that there is a dedicated day for men.
Although International Women’s Day was established many years ago, there has been a persistent call for an International Men’s Day since 1969.
Eventually, in 1999, International Men’s Day was reintroduced by Dr. Drierome Teelucksingh, a physician from Trinidad and Tobago. He specifically selected November 19 as the date to commemorate his father’s birthday.
The Indian Family, a prominent men’s rights organization in India, took the initiative to organize the first-ever IMD celebration in the country on November 19, 2007. This date was chosen because Australia and the West Indies (Jamaica, Trinidad, and Tobago) were already commemorating Men’s Day on that day. Following the success of the inaugural event, International Men’s Day was once again celebrated in India in 2008, with plans to continue the annual tradition.
International Men’s Day is a significant occasion that honours the lives, accomplishments, and contributions of men and boys, particularly in the areas of nation-building, community development, family, marriage, and childcare.
The primary objective of this event is to raise awareness about men’s issues and challenges that are often overlooked. It is observed annually to address these issues on a global scale.
Dr. Teelucksingh initiated International Men’s Day not only to address men’s and boys’ issues but also to encourage discussions on sensitive topics such as men’s mental health and male stereotypes. Furthermore, International Men’s Day recognizes the positive impact of men who serve as role models and inspire others to make a difference in their communities.
This day also provides an opportunity to promote gender equality and encourage men to actively participate in creating a more equitable society. 6. Overall, International Men’s Day is a celebration of men’s contributions and a call to action to address the challenges they face and promote their well-being.
International Men’s Day aims to promote the values, character, and responsibilities of being a man, encouraging men to teach these to the boys in their lives. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “We must become the change we seek.” By setting an example for both men and women, we can create a fair and safe society that allows everyone to prosper.
This day celebrates the role of men in family, society, community, and the world, with this year’s theme being ‘Better health for men and boys’, focusing on practical improvements to male health and well-being.