International Men's Day is an international event celebrated on November 19 every year. It was inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago and was supported by the United Nations, and received in principal support from men's groups in USA, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Speaking on behalf of UNESCO,
Director of Women and Culture of Peace Ms. Ingeborg Breines said of
IMD: “This is an excellent idea and would give some gender balance.”
She added that UNESCO was looking forward to cooperating with IMD
The objectives of celebrating an International Men's Day include
focusing on men's and boy's health, improving gender relations,
promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.
It is an occasion for men to highlight discrimination against them and
to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for
their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care.
International Men's Day is celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Australia, India, United States, Singapore, United Kingdom and Malta on November 19, and global support for the celebration is broad.
In 2001 a number of organizations in The United States joined in celebrating IMD on 19 November. In 2008 International Men’s Day was supported by the Malachi Global Foundation (MGF) in Michigan.
U.S. author and speaker on men's issues Diane Sears states that United
States President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address on November 19
1863 in which he called for the honoring and remembrance of the
contributions of the men who sacrificed their lives during America’s
Civil War, and suggests that since International Men’s Day also falls
on November 19 it is a time we may likewise continue to observe, honor
and remember of the contributions and sacrifices men make for society.
In the United Kingdom University of Kent
students celebrated International Men's Day at Mungos Bistro on the
university campus on November 19. This event was organized and
coordinated by the Kent University student organization 'Raise and
Give' (or RAG
as it is better known). RAG is Kent Union's charitable arm located in
the Student Activities Center which raises money for various charities
each year. Activities for IMD night included live soccer coverage of England v Germany,
comedy acts and live music from student band "Clacket Lane". There was
a raffle, a guitar hero competition and an X-box tournament to raise
money. About 300 people attended with roughly equal numbers of males
and females. All proceeds raised went to ORCHID a charity for all male
cancers, including prostate, penile or testicular cancer.