19th November is celebrated as International Men’s Day every year and no it’s not in opposition to International Women’s Day!
The story behind International Men’s Day
It was in 1969 that men started demanding for an International Men’s Day since International Women’s Day has been celebrated on the 8th of March, since 1909. The most critical and valid of arguments that were laid in favour of celebrating an International Men’s Day was that celebrating only women’s day was itself a rather anti-feminist approach, since it did not make room for both women and men. So after much debate and considerations, International Men’s Day was finally relaunched in 1999 by a doctor from Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Jerome Teelucksingh.
But, why 19th of November? It marks the birth date of Dr Teelucksingh’s father. And since then every year, International Men’s Day is celebrated on the 19th of November.
The idea behind International Men’s Day
The main motive of celebrating International Men’s Day is that so the issues that plague men can come to the forefront. Suicide rates are high in middle aged men and the various societal pressures often leave them suffering in silence. The entire point of this day is to give these issues specific to men its due importance and more importantly to spread awareness. So, what are the most pressing issues that men in our society have to deal with on almost a daily basis?
Let’s take a look:
These are some of the most pressing issues which need to be brought to the forefront and discussed about in the open, because like women’s issues, men’s issues matter too!
So, this year, take into account too, the issues that plague men and raise awareness about them as much as possible, so that equality may reign in all quarters.
A happy international men’s day to all!