International Men’s Day (November 19th) encourages people to make the world a better place by supporting men. It reinforces and supports other efforts to make society fairer, safer, and improve wellbeing for everyone.
Everybody can participate in International Men’s Day
Men’s day is a grassroots event. It is open to people of all genders, races, ages, sexualities, etc. If you want to do something positive to support men and the wider community then please do it. In fact, if you want to use men’s day as a reason to do something positive to support women then go right ahead!
International Men’s Day is open to people with different points of view
Men’s day founder Dr Jerome Teelucksingh wanted the day to be one of unity and solidarity between people so International Men’s Day supports everybody who makes a positive contribution that builds community and understanding between people. It is open to all people regardless of whether they identify with ‘men’s rights activists’, feminists, left-wing, right-wing etc.
International Men’s Day supports International Women’s Day
International Men’s Day fully supports International Women’s Day as an important day to highlight the ongoing issues facing women. It strengthens International Women’s Day by giving space for the discussion of men’s issues away from the discussion of women’s issues and promotes the discussion of how men can support women, gender equality and make society better for everyone.
International Men’s Day breaks from traditional stereotypes
International Men’s Day breaks with traditional stereotypes of masculinity by promoting discussion about the negative aspects of traditional gender roles for men, encouraging the men to talk about being vulnerable, and supporting men in non-traditional roles.
International Men’s Day supports different definitions of ‘masculinity’
The grassroots, inclusive nature of International Men’s Day allows people to define ‘man’, ‘manhood’ and ‘masculinity’ in ways that make sense for them. Everybody has their own understanding and can participate in their own way.