International Men’s Day New Zealand on Dad’s On the Air radio show

We got interviewed by Dad’s on the Air. An Australian radio program.

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Dads on the Air is a community radio program dedicated to fatherhood and issues surrounding men and boys. In this program, we chat with Donald Pettitt and Iain Fergusson about the New Zealand celebration of International Men’s Day. The Kiwis have developed their own approach. Donald and Iain tell us that over a cup of tea locals are asked to describe an important male in their life and the response has been inspirational. There is a biker ride and other activities which are all part of the celebration. Our guests emphasise that the day is for everyone to participate in and enjoy.

When

November 22, 2018, from 11 am… and indefinitely

Where to Listen

www.dadsontheair.com.au

or podcast through iTunes

What is International Men’s Day?

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.

 

Good News, Jack

Just after International Women’s Day this year TVNZ Breakfast host Jack Tame rightfully pointed out that people should be talking about International Men’s Day in November and not in March around International Women’s Day.

Tame was frustrated that many commenters were asking about Men’s Day rather than focusing on women’s issues on Women’s Day.

We are pleased to say that we will be raising awareness and talking about Men’s Day this November. Hopefully, people will become better informed and not have to ask about Men’s Day because they will already know all about it.