International Men’s Day 2020: International Men’s Day is celebrated on 19 November every year just like International Women’s Day (8 March) every year. This day is mainly celebrated to protect men from discrimination, exploitation, oppression, violence and inequality and to give them their rights. International Men’s Day is celebrated on 19 November in 80 countries and it is also supported by UNESCO.
How did International Men’s Day begin in India?
International Men’s Day is an annual international celebration. It was started on 7 February 1992 by Thomas Oaster. The International Men’s Day project was conceived a year ago on 8 February 1991. Subsequently, in 1999, it was resumed by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh.
In 2007, India celebrated International Men’s Day for the first time. Since then, International Men’s Day is celebrated every year on 19 November. The day is dedicated to men all around the world. Several programmes are organized for men to give them special treatment. It is not that popular in India but gradually the emphasis of celebrating this day has started catching up. Private organizations, NGOs and civil societies are encouraging people to come forward to raise their voice for the rights of men.
Why do we celebrate International Men’s Day?
International Men’s Day is mainly observed to focus on the health of men and boys, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality and highlighting male role models.
Importance of International Men’s Day in the world of gender equality
- To celebrate the positive contribution of men to society, community, family, childcare and environment.
- To focus on men’s health and well-being includes all aspects social, emotional, physical and spiritual.
- To highlight discrimination against men.
- To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.