Behind History of International Men’s Day
International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on 19 November to raise awareness about the health of men and boys, promotes gender equality and focuses on the issues they face, highlighting discrimination against men, and promoting male role models. International Men’s Day is celebrated in 80 plus countries on 19 November. International Men’s Day is followed by Universal Children’s Day on 20 November, forming a 48-hour celebration of men and children.
International Men’s Day was first observed in 1999 by on Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, who was lecturer in West Indies. Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh inaugurated to honour his father’s birthday and also to celebrate Trinidad and Tobago’s football team had united the country with their endeavors to qualify for the World Cup 1989. Teelucksingh promoted International Men’s Day as not just a gendered day but a day where all issues affecting men and boys can be addressed. He has said of IMD and its grass roots activists, “They are striving for gender equality and patiently attempt to remove the negative images and the stigma associated with men in our society”.
The inaugural of the celebration of International Men’s Day in India was organized by the leading Indian Men’s rights organization Save Indian Family on 19 November 2007. The date of 19 November was accepted based on the fact that Australia and the West Indies (Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago) were already observing IMD on that date. Citizens in Trinidad and Tobago were the first to observe IMD on 19 November 1999. Please click here to know more about the countries that adapted IMD.
International Men’s Day Yearly themes
2011 “Giving Boys The Best Possible Start In Life”
2012 “Helping Men and Boys Live longer, Happier and Healthier Lives”
2013 “Keeping Men and Boys safe”
2014 “Working Together For Men and Boys”
2015 “Working To Expand Reproductive Options for Men”
2016 “Stop Male Suicide”
2017 “Celebrating Men And Boys In All Their Diversity”
2018 “Positive Male Role Models”
2019 “Making a Difference for Men and Boys”
International Men’s Day Quotes, Messages:
It’s time to honor and recognize the sacrifices a man makes for his family and society. Happy International Men’s Day! Here are some thoughtful quotes from well-known personalities.
“It is not what he has, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.” – Henri-Frederic Amiel
“There is nothing noble being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Winston Churchill
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
– Nelson Mandela
One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.
-Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.
“Being male is a matter of birth. Being a man is a matter of age. But being a gentleman is a matter of choice.” – Vin Diesel
“A woman simply is, but a man must become. Masculinity is risky and elusive. It is achieved by a revolt from a woman, and it confirmed only by other men. Manhood coerced into sensitivity is no manhood at all. -Camille Paglia
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
The sanctity of law can be maintained only so long as it is the expression of the will of the people.