International Men’s Day-19th November is celebrated in over 70 countries including Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, India, China and UnitedStates. International Men’s Day began to be celebrated since 1999 after it was started in Trinidad and Tobago by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh for whom his father was his role model.
The main objective of celebrating International Men’s Day is to celebrate being a man.
It also means to recognize the contributions that men make towards the progress of the society, to salute the sacrifices they make for their near and dear ones, to highlight the problems faced by them and create awareness about the same in the society.
Observing International Men’s Day also aims at bringing forth, the key issues faced by men and create awareness about the same in the society
Men are required to prove their manhood at every step in their lives. As a result, the society is generally very harsh on them. Unlike women, men do not gain their manhood biologically; they need to earn it sociologically. This process makes men extremely competitive in nature. Men view other men as rivals, enemies, and competitors who are obstacles in their path towards attaining manhood. However, before coming to the theme and its elaboration, let’s talk for a while about what it means to gain manhood sociologically
This one day is set aside for the society to extend gratitude towards all men and encourage them to prioritize their own individual contentment. Men have been making positive contributions to the world by working hard and sacrificing their likes and interests.
Over the last decade, there has been a growing awareness regarding men’s issues globally. Movember, also known as No-shave November, is an annual event involving growing of moustache and beards during the month of November that encourages men to be proactive in early cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment ultimately reducing the number of preventable deaths. The UK Parliament will conduct a debate on International Men’s Day this year around issues affecting men including rising male suicides and lower life expectancy of men.
Key Issues faced by Men:
There are many issues that face men in the current society. There is either little or no awareness regarding these issues in the society. This leads to the creation of an atmosphere that is highly insensitive towards a man. Some of the key issues facing men are:
1. Men face discrimination targeted against them in the family courts.
2. Today, there is a 90% chance that a man will lose access to his children if he gets separated or divorced.
3. Government and courts have no policy for prevention of suicide of married men.
4. Even if a man is abused by a woman, society rarely punishes the abusive woman.
5. Men are conditioned by the society to take more risks and endanger their lives and limbs to play the role of an UNPAID PROTECTOR.
6. The sacrifices that men make for society and family are taken for granted and considered to be a duty for the man.
7. The contributions that men make towards society and family often go unsung.
8. The Government of India has no official mechanism available at their disposal to collect statistics regarding “crime against men”.
9. Men are not encouraged to prioritize their individual contentment; rather, their goodness is measured by how much they can sacrifice for others.
10. Men find it very difficult and challenging to discuss about their issues and concerns.
These issues are just a tip of the iceberg of the many issues that face men currently in the society and need to be addressed.
This year we are organizing a Bike Rally in Bangalore Delhi Kolkatta , cycle rally in Pune , indore Hyderabad Kanpur Luknow etc and Awareness camping in Nagpur Bhopal Raipur Durgh Bhilai etc , this year to mark the International Men’s Day on 19th Nov. The event solemnizes the spirit of brotherhood and celebrates the contributions of men towards nation & society.